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Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives

Hanson, William S., Oltean, Ioana A. (Eds.)

2013, XXIV, 344 p.

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  • ​uses declassified military reconnaissance images for archaeological research
  • explains the "how-to" of using and accessing historical archived military data
  • includes photographs from WWI to the present day

Major international historical archives of declassified military reconnaissance photographs and satellite images, combined with a range of national collections of vertical photographs, offer considerable potential for archaeological and historical landscape research. They provide a unique insight into the character of the landscape as it was over half a century or more ago, before the destructive impact of intensive land use and development. Millions of such images are held in archives around the world, yet their research potential goes largely untapped.

 

Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives draws attention to the existence and scope of these historical photographs to encourage their use in archaeological and landscape research. Not only do they provide a high-quality photographic record of the pre-modern landscape, but they also offer the prospect of the better survival of archaeological remains surviving as earthworks or cropmarks. These sources of imagery also provide an opportunity to examine areas of Europe and beyond whose skies are still not open to archaeological aerial reconnaissance.

 

Featured in the coverage:

  • The archaeological potential of The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives in Edinburgh and the archive of declassified intelligence satellite photographs of the United States Geological Survey.
  • First World War aerial photography and medieval landscapes.
  • Second World War and post-war aerial photography in multi-period archaeological research in Britain, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain and Uruguay
  • The archaeological exploitation of declassified US satellite photography in Armenia and Syria.
  • The integration of historical aerial and satellite photography for archaeological landscape research in Cambodia and Romania.

 

By describing this massive resource, providing examples of its application to archaeological/landscape questions, and offering advice on access, Archaeology from Historical Aerial and Satellite Archives demonstrates its huge potential and encourages its further use, stimulating a new approach to archaeological survey and the study of landscape evolution among archaeologists, historians, social scientists, preservationists, and cultural heritage specialists.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Aerial Reconnaissance Archives - aerial and satellite archives - aerial pictures and archaeology - application of war-time photographs to archaeology - archived photographs and maps in archaeology - satellites and archaeology

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Geographical Information Systems

Table of contents 

​ Table of contents:   Introduction

1. William S. Hanson and Ioana A. Oltean, ‘A Spy in the Sky: the potential of historical archival aerial and satellite photography for archaeological research’      Opening doors: aerial and satellite archives

2. David C. Cowley, Lesley M. Ferguson and Alan Williams, ‘The Aerial Reconnaissance Archives: a global aerial photographic collection’

3. Peter McKeague and Rebecca H. Jones, ‘Blitzing the Bunkers: finding aids - past, present and future.’

4. Martin J.F. Fowler, ‘Declassified intelligence satellite photographs.’     Historical aerial and satellite photographs in archaeological research

5. Birger Stichelbaut, Wim De Clercq, Davy Herremans and Jean Bourgeois, ‘First World War aerial photography and medieval landscapes: moated sites in Flanders.’

6. Tony Pollard and Peter Barton, ‘The use of First World War aerial photographs by archaeologists: a case study from Fromelles, northern France.’

7: Andrew Young, ‘Historic Vertical Photography and Cornwall’s National Mapping Programme’

8: Patrizia Tartara, ‘The Use of Historical Aerial Photographs in Italy: Some Case Studies’

9. Ioana A. Oltean, ‘A Lost Archaeological Landscape on the Lower Danube Roman Limes: The Contribution of Second World War Aerial Photographs

10. Zsolt Visy, ‘The Value and Significance of Historical Air Photographs for Archaeological Research: Some Examples from Central and Eastern Europe’

11. Iván Fumadó Ortega and José Carlos Sánchez-Pardo, ‘Archaeology from Aerial Archives in Spain and Portugal: Two Examples from the Atlantic Seaboard’

12. Natal’ya S. Batanina and Bryan K. Hanks, ‘Soviet Period Air Photography and Archaeology of the Bronze Age in the Southern Urals of Russia’

13. Robert Bewley and David Kennedy, ‘Historical Aerial Imagery in Jordan and the Wider Middle East’

14. José Iriarte, ‘“Down Under in the Marshes”: Investigating Settlement Patterns of the Early Formative Mound-Building Cultures of South-Eastern Uruguay Through Historic Aerial Photography’

15. Anthony Beck and Graham Philip, 'The archaeological exploitation of declassified satellite photography in semi-arid environments.'

16. Rog Palmer, ‘Uses of Declassified corona Photographs for Archaeological Survey in Armenia

17. Damian Evans and Elizabeth Moylan, ‘Pixels, Ponds and People: Mapping Archaeological Landscapes in Cambodia Using Historical Aerial and Satellite Imagery’

18. Ioana A. Oltean and William S. Hanson, ‘Integrating Aerial and Satellite Imagery: Discovering Roman Imperial Landscapes in Southern Dobrogea (Romania)’

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