Site-seeing: Aeriality, Archaeological Survey and Objectivity in Coastal Peru
Author(s): Parker VanValkenburgh
Far from being mana from the future, aerial imagery has been integral to both the practical and conceptual dimensions of archaeological survey almost from its inception. In this presentation, I argue that aerial photography captured via private and state-funded reconnaissance in the 1930’s and 40’s played a transformational role in the emergence of regional approaches in Peru’s desert coast in the mid 20th century. I discuss how the use of aerial imagery has both enabled and constrained the interpretation of archaeological phenomena and participated in the construction of the objects of archaeological survey – sites, artifacts, and landscapes. I then consider how more recently available products – high resolution, multi-spectral satellite imagery, UAV photography and near-surface remote sensing – participate in the same processes.
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Site-seeing: Aeriality, Archaeological Survey and Objectivity in Coastal Peru. Parker VanValkenburgh. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431322)
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Abstract Id(s): 15048