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Remote Sensing 2012, 4(10), 3055-3057; doi:10.3390/rs4103055

New Book Received
Satellite Remote Sensing: A New Tool for Archaelogy. Edited by Rosa Lasaponara and Nicola Masini, Springer, 2012; 364 pages. Price: CHF 173.00, ISBN 978-90-481-8800-0
Shu-Kun Lin
MDPI AG, Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland; E-Mail: lin@mdpi.com
Received: 3 September 2012 / Accepted: 4 September 2012 / Published: 15 October 2012

The following paragraphs are reproduced from the website of the publisher [1]:

This book provides a state-of-the-art overview of satellite archaeology and it is an invaluable volume for archaeologists, scientists, and managers interested in using satellite Earth Observation (EO) to improve the traditional approach for archaeological investigation, protection and management of Cultural Heritage.

The recent increasing development of EO techniques and the tremendous advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have resulted primarily in Cultural Heritage applications. The book focuses on new challenging prospects for the use of EO in archaeology not only for probing the subsurface to unveil sites and artifacts, but also for the management and valorization as well as for the monitoring and preservation of cultural resources. The book provides a first-class understanding of this revolutionary scenario which was unthinkable several years ago.

The book offers: (i) an excellent collection of outstanding articles focusing on satellite data processing, analysis and interpretation for archaeological applications, (ii) impressive case studies, (iii) striking examples of the high potential of the integration of multi-temporal, multi-scale, multi-sensors techniques.

Each chapter is composed as an authoritative contribution to help the reader grasp the value of its content. The authors are renowned experts from the international scientific community.

Audience: This book will be of interest to scientists in remote sensing applied to archeology, geoarcheology, paleo-environment, paleo-climate and cultural heritage.

  • Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Volker Liebig

  • Foreword by Tom G. Farr

  • Acknowledgements

Introduction

Part I Optical Satellite Remote Sensing in Archaeology: An Overview

  • 1 Remote Sensing in Archaeology: From Visual Data Interpretation to Digital Data Manipulation;

    Rosa Lasaponara and Nicola Masini

  • 2 Image Enhancement, Feature Extraction and Geospatial Analysis in an Archaeological Perspective;

    Rosa Lasaponara and Nicola Masini

  • 3 Pattern Recognition and Classification Using VHR Data for Archaeological Research;

    Rosa Lasaponara and Nicola Masini

  • 4 Pan-Sharpening Techniques to Enhance Archaeological Marks: An Overview;

    Rosa Lasaponara and Nicola Masini

Part II Satellite Remote Sensing for Cultural Heritage Documentation and Management

  • 5 Remote Sensing and Integration with Other Geomatic Techniques in Archaeology;

    Gabriele Bitelli

  • 6 Integrated Methodologies for the Archaeological Map of an Ancient City and Its Territory: The Case of Hierapolis in Phrygia;

    Giuseppe Scardozzi

  • 7 NASA Remote Sensing and Archaeology;

    Marco J. Giardino

  • 8 Satellite-Based Monitoring of Archaeological Looting in Peru;

    Rosa Lasaponara, Maria Danese, and Nicola Masini

Part III Palaeoenvironment and Archaeology: The Contribution of Satellite Observation

  • 9 Uncovering Angkor: Integrated Remote Sensing Applications in the Archaeology of Early Cambodia;

    Damian Evans and Arianna Traviglia

  • 10 Remote Sensing Study of the Ancient Jabali Silver Mines (Yemen): From Past to Present;

    Jean-Paul Deroin, Florian Téreygeol, and Jűrgen Heckes

  • 11 Irrigation Is Forever: A Study of the Post-destruction Movement of Water Across the Ancient Site of Sri Ksetra, Central Burma;

    Janice Stargardt, Gabriel Amable, and Bernard Devereux

  • 12 Following the Ancient Nasca Puquios from Space;

    Rosa Lasaponara and Nicola Masini

  • 13 High-Resolution Satellite Imagery and the Detection of Buried Archaeological Features in Ploughed Landscapes;

    Ioana A. Oltean and Lauren L. Abell

  • 14 Integrated Remote Sensing Approach in Cahuachi (Peru): Studies and Results of the ITACA Mission (2007–2010);

    Nicola Masini, Rosa Lasaponara, Enzo Rizzo, and Giuseppe Orefici

Index

* Editor’s Note: The brief summary and the contents of the books are reported as provided by the authors or the publishers. Authors and publishers are encouraged to send review copies of their recent books of potential interest to readers of Remote Sensing to the Publisher (Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), Kandererstrasse 25, CH-4057 Basel, Switzerland; Tel. +41-61-683-77-34; Fax: +41-61-302-89-18; E-Mail: lin@mdpi.com). Some books will be offered to the scholarly community for the purpose of preparing full-length reviews.

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