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Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology

Archaeology in the Age of Sensing

  • Maurizio Forte
  • Stefano Campana

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Data Collection and Technology

  3. Image and Digital Processing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
  4. Landscape Representation and Scales

  5. Simulation, Visualization and Computing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Devin A. White
      Pages 323-346

About this book


​​This volume debuts the new scope of Remote Sensing, which was first defined as the analysis of data collected by sensors that were not in physical contact with the objects under investigation (using cameras, scanners, and radar systems operating from spaceborne or airborne platforms). A wider characterization is now possible: Remote Sensing can be any  non-destructive approach to viewing the buried and nominally invisible evidence of past activity. Spaceborne and airborne sensors, now supplemented by laser scanning, are united using ground-based geophysical instruments and undersea remote sensing, as well as other non-invasive techniques such as surface collection or field-walking survey. Now, any  method that enables observation of evidence on or beneath the surface of the earth, without impact on the surviving stratigraphy, is legitimately within the realm of Remote Sensing. ​The new interfaces and senses engaged in Remote Sensing appear throughout the book. On a philosophical level, this is about the landscapes and built environments that reveal history through place and time. It is about new perspectives—the views of history possible with Remote Sensing and fostered in part by immersive, interactive 3D and 4D environments discussed in this volume. These perspectives are both the result and the implementation of technological, cultural, and epistemological advances in record keeping, interpretation, and conceptualization. Methodology presented here builds on the current ease and speed in collecting data sets on the scale of the object, site, locality, and landscape. As this volume shows, many disciplines surrounding archaeology and related cultural studies are currently involved in Remote Sensing, and its relevance will only increase as the methodology expands. 


CyberArchaeology GIS Geoarchaeology & Landscape Studies Geophysics Data Remote Sensing Data Statistical Models in Archaeology sensing

Editors and affiliations

  • Maurizio Forte
    • 1
  • Stefano Campana
    • 2
  1. 1.Duke University Dept of Classical StudiesDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Archaeology & Art HistoryUniversity of SienaSienaItaly

About the editors

Maurizio Forte is William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. He is also the founder of the DIG@Lab (for a digital knowledge of the past) at Duke. His main research topics are: digital archaeology, classical archaeology, and neuro-archaeology. He was professor of World Heritage at the University of California, Merced, (School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts) and Director of the Virtual Heritage Lab. He was Chief of Research at Italian National Research Council (CNR) of “Virtual Heritage: Integrated digital technologies for knowledge and communication of cultural heritage through virtual reality systems”, Senior Scientist at CNR’s Institute for Technologies Applied to the Cultural Heritage (ITABC), and Professor of "Virtual Environments for Cultural Heritage" in the Master of Science in Technology-Enhanced Communication for Cultural Heritage at the University of Lugano. He has coordinated archaeological fieldwork and research projects in Italy as well as Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria, Kazakhstan, Peru, China, Oman, India, Honduras, Turkey, USA, and Mexico.  Since 2010 he has been director of the 3D-Digging project at Çatalhöyük.

Stefano Campana is currently MC advanced Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge UK. He is specializing in landscape archaeology, remote sensing, GIS, and archaeological methodology for purposes of research, recording, and conservation. His work is focused on the understanding of past landscapes from prehistory to the present day. The principal context for his work has been Tuscany but he has also participated in and led research work in the UK, Spain, Turkey, Palestine, and Asia. Since 2006 he has been a faculty member of the University of Siena (Italy), in the Department of History and Cultural Heritage, where he has engaged in teaching and research as Senior Lecturer in Ancient Topography. He has been very active in the international sphere and has established a sound reputation for innovative research. In 2011 he was proposed and admitted as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) and in 2012 he was invited to be a member of the General Management Board of HIST, the Governing Board of the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage, under the auspices of UNESCO and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology
  • Book Subtitle Archaeology in the Age of Sensing
  • Editors Maurizio Forte
    Stefano Campana
  • Series Title Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Series Abbreviated Title Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics and Statistics (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-40656-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82147-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-40658-9
  • Series ISSN 2199-0956
  • Series E-ISSN 2199-0964
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 496
  • Number of Illustrations 48 b/w illustrations, 175 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Statistics for Social Sciences, Humanities, Law
    Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry
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“The book is sequentially organized and well structured, and many chapters are self-contained. … This volume is a rich source of information and an excellent reference book. … The book is useful as reference book for researchers and practitioners, providing real and interesting colored figures, data, and applications. In summary, this is an important contribution, providing up-to-date coverage on remote sensing in a systematic fashion.” (S. Ejaz Ahmed, Technometrics, Vol. 59 (3), July, 2017)