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Integrating Satellite Imagery and Ground-Based Remote Sensing to Reconstruct a Neolithic Village

Author(s): William Parkinson ; Apostolos Sarris ; Rebecca Seifried ; Nikos Papadopoulos ; Cristina Manzetti

Year: 2017

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As part of a long-term project aimed at modeling the emergence of large, nucleated, Neolithic villages in the Carpathian Basin, the Körös Regional Archaeological Project (KRAP) collaborated with the Institute of Mediterranean Studies at the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (IMS-FORTH), to integrate multi-spectral satellite imagery and ground-based remote sensing techniques to reconstruct the spatial organization of the Szeghalom-Kovácshalom settlement, which covered more than 100 ha. The layering of datasets from 1) satellite images, 2) ground-based geophysical surveys including magnetometry, ground penetrating radar, electromagnetic and electrical resistance tomography, as well as 3) AMS dates from targeted excavations permitted the team to develop a 3-D virtual reconstruction of the layout and evolution of the prehistoric village. Geophysical results also allowed a GIS spatial analysis of the structural elements of the site in relationship to local geomorphological features. The synthesis of both excavation and remote sensing results contributed to the virtual reconstruction of the village (

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Integrating Satellite Imagery and Ground-Based Remote Sensing to Reconstruct a Neolithic Village. William Parkinson, Apostolos Sarris, Rebecca Seifried, Nikos Papadopoulos, Cristina Manzetti. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431196)


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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): 14583

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