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Special Issue "High-Resolution Digital Elevation Models, GIS and Remote Sensing in Support of Landscape Archaeology Reconstruction, Dynamics and Management"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 1056

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Department of Geography, Faculty of Geography and Geology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, 700505 Iași, Romania
Interests: geomorphometry; geomorphic change detection; high-resolution topography; landslides; gullies; fluvial geomorphology
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Arheoinvest Center, Department of Exact and Natural Sciences, Institute of Interdisciplinary Research, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania
Interests: prehistoric archaeology; geophysical prospection; aerial photography and GIS applications in archaeology
Geographic Research Center, Romanian Academy, Iasi Branch, Iași, Romania
Interests: soil mapping; geomorphometry; spatial analysis; remote sensing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Landscapes have spatial dimensions that require multiple scales of processes and various resolutions of data to be considered when we want to understand the present-day landscape or reconstruct its previous instances. For past landscapes, the present-day topography is basically the skeleton of the previous one in the analysis, and all of the representations of topography and the anthropo-scape are usable. This is why maps, digital elevation models (DEMs), and remote sensing data are crucial for spatially filling the gaps in information from archaeological sites. For ancient landscapes, although the present is not necessarily a backbone anymore, it could be used to gather data about similar settings. If modeling is used, this spatial information can be very useful, and the present landscapes can still drive the modeling in a GIS environment. During the last few years, the amount of data has increased, driven by the launch of new satellite missions, novel data acquisition modes and enhanced spatial/temporal resolutions, and new platforms such as LiDAR and UAVs. Additionally, computational methods have diversified, including having availability as open source implementations, especially regarding visualization and modeling, as well as innovative artificial intelligence, machine learning and semi-automated detection approaches.

This Special Issue welcomes manuscripts from all fields of geoscience that deal with the usage of maps, DEMs, GIS, and remote sensing for the reconstruction, modeling, or management of archaeological landscapes from different periods of the past, or for the understanding of the present-day morphologies through their past dynamics.

While new developments and methods or data are welcomed in the form of original research articles, interesting case studies, as well as reviews, are also welcome.

Dr. Mihai Niculiță
Dr. Andrei Asandulesei
Dr. Bogdan Roşca
Dr. Francesca Cigna
Guest Editors

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  • geomorphometry
  • geoarchaeology
  • GIS
  • LiDAR
  • UAV
  • satellite imagery
  • aerial imagery
  • landscape archaeology
  • DEM

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Raking over the Ashes—The Analysis of the LBA Ashmounds from NE Romania
Remote Sens. 2023, 15(7), 1826; - 29 Mar 2023
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During the end of the Bronze Age, the territory of present-day eastern Romania was occupied by Noua communities, belonging to the Noua-Sabatinovka-Coslogeni (NSC) cultural complex. Although these communities have left us a large number of archaeological sites, this period is rather poorly known [...] Read more.
During the end of the Bronze Age, the territory of present-day eastern Romania was occupied by Noua communities, belonging to the Noua-Sabatinovka-Coslogeni (NSC) cultural complex. Although these communities have left us a large number of archaeological sites, this period is rather poorly known and understood, mostly because the investigation of Late Bronze Age (LBA) sites is very rare, usually consisting of small test trenches or fieldwalks. The main characteristic of these communities and the subject of our study is represented by the so-called ashmounds (grey, quasi-circular spots, visible on the soil surface, with small elevations and diameters of 25–30 m), present inside most settlements. Our paper aims at highlighting the spatial characteristics of these sites, using GIS (Geographic Information System) tools, as well as aerial photographs, LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) measurements, magnetometry and geo-electrical methods, in order to identify the relationship existing between Noua communities and the inhabited environment, in the area known as the Jijia River catchment. Thus, our approach was able to outline the way in which the geographical peculiarities determined the establishment of new settlements, revealing that the human groups from the end of the Bronze Age preferred low terrains with smooth slopes, located in the immediate vicinity of the most important watercourse of the inhabited micro-area. Additionally, our geophysical studies allowed us to confirm the lack of ash located within the ashmound, as well as to signal the possibility that these features have become visible on the soil surface only due to the irreversible damage caused by intensive agricultural processes. Despite the small number of excavations, to this day an important number of studies have been dedicated to the communities and features in question; however, no analysis has yet been performed that unites the tools specific to GIS software with the usage of non-invasive methods (such as aerial photographs, LiDAR measurements and geophysical techniques). Full article
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