Earth Observation for Archaeology in Arid Lands

Part of: Society for American Archaeology 82nd Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC (2017)

Nowadays, the use of geospatial technologies in archaeology is widespread among archaeologists. Arid lands, characterized by patchy and scarce vegetation, low urbanization, and excellent visibility of archaeological remains, are an ideal scenario for the application of non-destructive, non-invasive, and cost-effective investigations based on remotely sensed data. In this session, we wish to bring together researchers working on world's arid lands, to share results, issues, and perspectives on Earth Observation for archaeology in hot and cold deserts and semi-deserts. We aim at fostering the debate around remote techniques to the archaeology of arid landscapes, gathering papers addressing multi-proxy approaches for the reconstruction of past human-environment interactions by means of geospatial technologies. No limit is set on the geographic nor chronological contexts.