Routledge

About the Book

This book is the first comprehensive overview of the field of satellite remote sensing for archaeology and how it can be applied to ongoing archaeological fieldwork projects across the globe. The book provides a description of the history and development of the field, connecting satellite remote sensing in archaeology to broader developments in remote sensing, archaeological method and theory, cultural resource management, and environmental studies. With a focus on practical use of satellite remote sensing for archaeology, the book evaluates satellite imagery types and remote sensing analysis techniques specific to the discovery, preservation, and management of archaeological sites. Satellite remote sensing case studies from Asia, Central America, and the Middle East are highlighted, including Xi’an, China, Angkor Wat, Cambodia, and Egypt’s floodplains. In-field surveying techniques particular to satellite remote sensing are emphasized, providing strategies for recording ancient features on the ground observed from space. The book also discusses broader issues relating to archaeological remote sensing ethics, looting prevention, and archaeological site preservation. New sensing research is included through publishing original high-resolution satellite images of ancient sites. This book will provide anyone interested in scientific applications to uncovering past archaeological landscapes a foundation for future research and study.