Integration of aerial and satellite remote sensing for archaeological investigations: a case study of the Etruscan site of San Giovenale
2012 (English)In: Journal of Geophysics and Engineering, ISSN 1742-2132, Vol. 9, no 4, S26-S39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The objective of this research is to detect and extract traces of past human activities on the Etruscan site of San Giovenale (Blera) in Northern Lazio, Italy. Investigations have been conducted by integrating high-resolution satellite data with digital models derived from LiDAR survey and multisensory aerial prospection (traditional, thermal and near infrared pictures). The use of different sensor technologies is requested to cope with (i) different types of surface covers, i.e. vegetated and non-vegetated areas (trees, bushes, agricultural uses, etc), (ii) variety of archaeological marks (micro-relief, crop marks, etc) and (iii) different types of expected spatial/spectral feature patterns linked to past human activities (urban necropoleis, palaeorivers, etc). Field surveys enabled us to confirm remotely sensed features which were detected in both densely and sparsely vegetated areas, thus revealing a large variety of cultural transformations, ritual and infrastructural remains such as roads, tombs and water installations. Our findings clearly point out a connection between the Vignale plateau and the main acropolis (San Giovenale) as well as with the surrounding burial grounds. Our results suggest that the synergic use of multisensory/multisource data sets, including ancillary information, provides a comprehensive overview of new findings. This facilitates the interpretation of various results obtained from different sensors when studied in a larger prospective.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institute of Physics , 2012. Vol. 9, no 4, S26-S39 p.
remote sensing, archaeology, satellite data, LiDAR, aerial prospection, Etruscan civilization, San Giovenale
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84354DOI: 10.1088/1742-2132/9/4/S26ISI: 000307814900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-84354DiVA: diva2:558779