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Title: Development of an image-based method for the detection of archaeological buried relics using multi-temporal satellite imagery
Authors: Agapiou, Athos 
Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
Alexakis, Dimitrios 
Keywords: Image-based method;Archaeological buried relics;Multi-temporal satellite imagery
Category: Environmental Engineering
Field: Engineering and Technology
Issue Date: May-2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Ltd
Source: International Journal of Remote Sensing, 2013, Volume 34, Issue 16, pages 5979–5996
Abstract: Remote sensing has been successfully used for the exposure of shallow buried relics such as archaeological remains. The detection is mainly based on photointerpretation of high-resolution satellite or aerial images. Photointerpretation for archaeological purposes is focused on the identification of crop marks using visible and near infrared (VNIR) spectrum (e.g. vegetation indices) response, which is sensitive to vegetation stress. Detection of such marks is always performed through images of adequate spatial resolution, and therefore this procedure might be problematic in cases when there is a lack of accessibility to such kinds of data. This paper addresses this problem and illustrates an image-based method intended for the detection of crop marks using satellite data of inadequate spatial resolution. The overall methodology consists of seven separate steps. The method needs two areas of interest to be selected in the image, preferably in close proximity to one another. The first area is characterized as the ‘archaeological area under investigation’while the second is a vegetated non-archaeological area. These two areas are simultaneously examined in detail using spectral signatures, soil lines, and their phenological cycle characteristics. The proposed methodology has been successfully applied in three different areas in Cyprus and Greece, where the authors have already used the technique for validation purposes.
ISSN: 0143-1161
1366-5901 (Online)
DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2013.803630
Rights: © Informa UK Limited, an Informa Group Company
Type: Article
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