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An Overview of the Application of Remote Sensing to Archaeology During the Twentieth Century

  • Stephen J. Leisz
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Archaeology book series (BRIEFSARCHAE, volume 5)

Abstract

Powered flight was perfected at the dawn of the twentieth century and ­provided us with a bird’s eye view of large swaths of landscape for the first time in human history. Over the course of the twentieth century, this bird’s eye view expanded to space, as the frontier of powered flight was pushed, literally, to the moon. This chapter overviews the role that advances in aerial photography and imaging and spaceborne photography and imaging played in the advancement of archaeological research in the twentieth century. It is noted that through the twentieth century most applications of remote sensing to archaeology have involved data from one remote sensing platform at a time. As the century came to a close, and new remote sensing technologies such as LiDAR were being introduced to archaeology, some started to realize that the most promising aspect of applying these technologies to archaeology may be how they can be integrated.

Keywords

Remote sensing Twentieth century Aerial photography Spaceborne imagery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen J. Leisz
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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