Silvretta Historica: Satellite-assisted Archaeological Survey in an Alpine Environment

Professorship/Faculty: Juniorprofessur für Informationsverarbeitung in der Geoarchäologie 
Author(s): Lambers, Karsten; Reitmaier, Thomas
Title of the compilation: Fusion of cultures ; proceedings of the 38th annual conference on computer applications and quantitative methods in archaeology, Granada, Spain, April 2010
Editors: Contreras, Francisco; Farjas, M.; Melero, F. J.
Corporate Body: International Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology <38, 2010, Granada>
Publisher Information: Oxford : Archaeopress
Year of publication: 2013
Pages / Size: S. 543 - 546
ISBN: 978-1-4073-1108-1
Series ; Volume: BAR / International series ; 2494
Language(s): English
Document Type: Contribution to an Articlecollection
In this paper we report on a new archaeological project in the central Alps, titled Silvretta Historica, in which satellite-assisted archaeological surveying is intended to play a key role. Following an overview of the Silvretta study area on the Swiss-Austrian border and its archaeology, we present the first results of recent archaeological fieldwork focussing on the remains of prehistoric alpine pasture economy or Alpwirtschaft. We then continue to discuss why spectral and geometric analysis of high-resolution satellite images are considered a promising method to assist archaeological survey in a high alpine environment.
Keywords: archaeological prospection, satellite remote sensing, alpine archaeology
Release Date: 5. June 2013