"Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeological Research" (Creta, Septiembre 2012)

10/1/12 .- http://www.archaeolandscapes.eu

The Laboratory of Geophysical -Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeoenvironment of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies / Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (F.O.R.T.H.) organizes the International Technical Workshop "REmote Sensing Techniques in Archaeological Research" (RESTAR) from 21st - 29th September 2012 in Rethymno / Crete as part of the ArchaeoLandscapes Europe activities

The main aim of this workshop is to introduce young students, researchers and professionals to the capabilities of ground based and satellite Remote Sensing techniques, in the context of an archaeological survey. The seminars will be dedicated to the theoretical and practical issues of remote sensing and they will be focused on the use of geophysical techniques (mainly magnetic, soil resistance, resistivity tomography, GPR and seismic) and the employment of aerial and satellite imagery in archaeological applications.

The theoretical lectures will provide a historical background of the use of the particular techniques in archaeological research, the fundamental concepts of each of the technique involved and the basic processing methods that are applied in each method. A number of examples from actual archaeological fieldwork surveys will be demonstrated in order to familiarize the audience with the results and the interpretation of them.

The practical module of the workshop will aim to familiarize the participants with some basic operations of processing. SURFER will be used as the main platform for processing of the magnetic and soil resistance measurements. GPR-SLICE v7.0 Ground Penetrating Radar Imaging Software will be used for the processing of GPR data. 3DINV software will be employed for the processing of direct current electrical resistivity data. Satellite image processing will be carried out using ERDAS IMAGINE image analysis software. Aerial image processing and Photogrammetry issues will be approached through a use of open source software (e.g. QGIS, Sketch-up, Meshlab, a.o.). The seminars will include some basic image and signal analysis procedures.

The workshop is organized by the Laboratory of Geophysical -Satellite Remote Sensing and Archaeoenvironment of the Institute for Mediterranean Studies / Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (F.O.R.T.H.), co-organizing partner in the ArcLand project. The Lab of IMSFORTH has been the first in the area of E. Mediterranean offering an integrated and specialized suite of tools dealing at the same time with the ground based-satellite remote sensing prospection and GIS management of cultural heritage monuments and sites. The research agenda of the Lab is dedicated towards the advances and applications of these technologies (GIS & Satellite Remote Sensing, Geophysical Exploration, 3D Reconstructions & Virtual Reality and Archaeoenvironmental analysis) within the cultural and environmental domain.

You can find more information about the event on the workshop's website at http://www.ims.forth.gr/workshop2012/

A very limited number of grants is available to support students and scholars to participate in this ArcLand teaching event. Grant applications have to be submitted until 21st June 2012 (final deadline, 12:00 h GMT), using the application form and following the rules for grants which can be downloaded from the project's grant document page:

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