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The Kambos project. Remote sensing applications and archaeological approaches for the reconstruction of the disappeared cultural record of the Western Thessalian plain.

Author(s): Arnau Garcia ; Hector A. Orengo ; Athanasia Krahtopoulou ; Anastasia Dimoula

Year: 2017

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The Thessalian Plain has been at the fore of Neolithic research in Greece and Europe since early 20th century exploration in the area which documented an intensively occupied landscape during both Prehistoric and Historical periods. Despite the Thessalian Plain's potential for archaeological research, western Thessaly has provided scarce evidence of occupation. This might be related to the extensive modifications it has been subjected to during the last 45 years. These have rendered the Western Thessalian landscape sterile for the application of standard archaeological remote sensing techniques (such as multispectral imaging) and other extensive survey methods.

The combination of its long occupation history and highly modified landscape make Kambos an excellent study area to develop and test new methodologies for prospection, analysis and reconstruction of past landscapes. In this paper new methodological approaches employing photogrammetry-based landscape reconstruction and multi-temporal image analysis combined with pedestrian surveys will be presented and their results discussed. The location of more than 250 new archaeological features attests to the immense potential of the Western Thessalian Plain and provides new important information on the prehistoric and historical periods of the area.


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The Kambos project. Remote sensing applications and archaeological approaches for the reconstruction of the disappeared cultural record of the Western Thessalian plain.. Arnau Garcia, Hector A. Orengo, Athanasia Krahtopoulou, Anastasia Dimoula. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429945)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16741

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America