Remote sensing for archaeology
Remote Sensing for Archaeology AARG/EAC/ISAP Working Party
***2022 update: The EAC has commissioned the Remote Sensing Working Group to produce guidelines for the use of lidar in heritage management across Europe. Rebecca Bennett will be working with Rachel Opitz and Chris Gaffney (EAC Remote Sensing Working Group Co-Chairs) to bring together stakeholders and examples of best practice from across the continent.
To build the network of practitioners and understand how lidar is currently used in the heritage sector, we are asking that each EAC member organisation take part in our short online survey via this link https://forms.gle/MANQgjc95YpDMSda9
Through the survey you also have the opportunity to nominate yourself or colleague with special interest in this area who might like to collaborate with us: either by joining the EAC Remote Sensing Working Group and/or by becoming a point of contact for your organisation during the development of these guidelines over the next 18 months.
The survey will remain open until midnight on the 6 June 2022 and we encourage you to share it widely to all interested colleagues and practitioners in your country.***
This working party is concerned with the promotion of techniques and development of best practice in remote sensing archaeology, with a particular focus on heritage management. Remote sensing underpins a large proportion of archaeological knowledge, including the detection and registration of monuments and the creation of reliable records, large-scale mapping and the monitoring and management of monument condition.
The remit ranges from long-established techniques such as aerial reconnaissance in light aircraft to data sources at the cutting edge of research, and from ground-based geophysical survey to applications of Airborne Laser Scanning and satellite and aerial imagery. Both terrestrial and maritime contexts are addressed, with a common focus on the importance of understanding and managing the landscape. Its work is directed to the development of broad-based strategies and, especially with reference to heritage management, statements of best practice and standards and long term collaborative frameworks.
The working party takes its direction from Article 3 of the Valletta Convention of the Council of Europe, which emphasizes the importance of applying, wherever possible, non-destructive methods of investigation. In addition by encouraging the development of archaeological prospecting techniques in a landscape framework it hopes to support the aims of the European Landscape Convention (ELC) to promote integrated landscape protection, management and planning.
The working party is a partnership between the EAC, the Aerial Archaeology Research Group (AARG) and the International Society for Archaeological Prospection (ISAP), and thus represents the interests of heritage management, archaeological practitioners and researchers. It is a development from the EAC/AARG Aerial Archaeology working party established in 2007.
Remote sensing working group
Lidar guidance coordinator
Dr Rebecca Bennett - email@example.com
If you have any questions about the survey please email Rebecca on firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2009 the EAC/AARG Aerial Archaeology working party produced a report and collected papers on Education in Aerial Remote Sensing for Archaeology. This was published as AARG Occasional Publication Series No 1 in April 2009 and is available as a free download PDF
In 2010 the 11th EAC Heritage Management Symposium was held in Reykjavík, Iceland, on the subject of Remote Sensing for Archaeological Heritage Management in the 21st century. The proceedings were published in March 2011 by Archaeolingua as Cowley, D (ed.), Remote Sensing for Archaeological Heritage Management (EAC Occasional Paper No. 5 / Occasional Publication of the Aerial Archaeology Research Group No. 3)