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Remote Sensing and GIS for Archaeology

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 3807

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1. Ex—Vice Rector of Academic Affairs, Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Cyprus University of Technology, 3036 Limassol, Cyprus
2. Coordinator of the Excelsior H2020 Teaming Project, Remote Sensing and GeoEnvironment Lab, Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics, Cyprus University of Technology, 3036 Limassol, Cyprus
3. Managing Director, Eratosthenes Centre of Excellence, 3012 Limassol, Cyprus
Interests: earth observation; remote sensing; GIS; geo-information for natural and built environment; hazards
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Dear Colleagues,

Remote sensing has been progressively utilized in order to support archaeological research in recent years. Indeed, several technologies or sciences have been introduced to the archaeological field, including GIS, 3D modelling, GPR, digital twins and artificial intelligence (AI). These technologies have revolutionized the way archaeologists can document and analyse archaeological sites. The main gap is still the lack of integration of such technologies for the benefit of archaeological research. The use of GIS also allows researchers to incorporate other types of data, such as topographical information, into their analysis. Artificial intelligence (AI) also plays an innovative role in areas of remote sensing and geoscience application, including archaeology. The tremendous technological improvements in terms of spatial and spectral resolution of satellite sensors, the increase in open access availability of data and the increase in cloud-based systems makes remote sensing the most powerful tool for archaeological applications.  This Special Issue aims to explore how remote sensing can be integrated with GIS for the benefit of archaeological research into the following applications: the identification of buried archaeological features, mapping of Landscape, monitoring of archaeological sites, detection of looting activities, climate change impacts on archaeological sites, risk assessment (soil erosion, land movement and land use change threatening archaeological sites), natural disasters impacts on archaeological sites, archaeological aspects in the marine spatial plans, , etc.  This Special Issue also welcomes papers that refer to the combination of advanced remote sensing technologies with GIS application for the mapping and the long-term monitoring of archaeological heritages. Finally, advanced integration of different technologies, AI, digital twins, GPR, and 3D modelling that will effectively support and boost studies in RS and GIS for archaeological research is also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis
Guest Editor

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  • remote sensing and GIS
  • archaeology
  • looting
  • climate change
  • risk assessment
  • hazards
  • archaeological sites
  • Sentinel/Landsat/Planet
  • AI, digital twins

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An Overview of GIS-RS Applications for Archaeological and Cultural Heritage under the DBAR-Heritage Mission
by Ya Yao, Xinyuan Wang, Lei Luo, Hong Wan and Hongge Ren
Remote Sens. 2023, 15(24), 5766; (registering DOI) - 17 Dec 2023
Cited by 3 | Viewed by 2332
In recent decades, the application of GIS and RS in archaeological and cultural heritage (ACH) has witnessed a notable surge both in terms of quantity and scope. During the initial implementation period (2016–2021) of the Digital Belt and Road Heritage (DBAR-Heritage) working group, [...] Read more.
In recent decades, the application of GIS and RS in archaeological and cultural heritage (ACH) has witnessed a notable surge both in terms of quantity and scope. During the initial implementation period (2016–2021) of the Digital Belt and Road Heritage (DBAR-Heritage) working group, several instances of GIS-RS-based applications in support of cultural heritage conservation have merged. In this paper, in order to discuss the great potential of GIS and RS on the Silk Road, an overview of GIS- and RS-based applications in ACH is first presented. In a substantial portion of the published scientific literature, the identification and comprehension of archaeological sites, the monitoring and risk assessment of cultural heritage, and the management and visualization of cultural heritage data are highlighted. Following this, five illustrative case studies from the DBAR-Heritage working group are presented to exemplify how the integration of GIS and RS serves as key approaches in recognizing and appreciating cultural heritage. These selected case studies showcase the utilization of multi-source data for the identification of linear sites; detailed, refined monitoring and assessment of the Angkor Wat heritage; and the reconstruction of the Silk Road routes. These instances serve as the cornerstone for highlighting current trends in GIS and RS applications in ACH along the Silk Road. These methodologies efficiently integrate multi-source geospatial data and employ multidisciplinary approaches, ultimately furnishing sophisticated and intelligent tools for the exploration and management of archaeological and cultural heritage in the era of Big Earth Data. Subsequently, a comprehensive discussion on the merits and challenges of GIS and RS applications in ACH is presented, followed by an exploration of the current application trends. Finally, the prospects for the widespread application of GIS and RS in ACH along the Silk Road are outlined in accordance with the operational plan of DBAR-Heritage during its second implementation phase. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remote Sensing and GIS for Archaeology)
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