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Geosciences 2017, 7(3), 79; doi:10.3390/geosciences7030079

A Manifold Approach for the Investigation of Early and Middle Neolithic Settlements in Thessaly, Greece

Laboratory of Geophysical—Satellite Remote Sensing & Archaeo-Environment, Foundation of Research & Technology, Hellas (F.O.R.T.H.), Melissinou & Nik. Foka 130, 74100 Rethymno, Crete, Greece
INRAP/Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives, Direction Scientifique et Technique, 75104 Paris, France
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Received: 28 July 2017 / Revised: 21 August 2017 / Accepted: 31 August 2017 / Published: 6 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remote Sensing and Geosciences for Archaeology)


The IGEAN (Innovative Geophysical Approaches for the study of Early Agricultural villages of Neolithic) Thessaly project focused on Early and Neolithic settlements in Thessaly, Central Greece. The aim of the project was to highlight in an extensive way differences in settlement layouts while investigating commonalities as a way to understand Neolithic use of space. To accomplish this, a suite of geophysical prospection techniques (geomagnetic, electromagnetic induction, and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)), aerial platforms (historic aerial imagery and Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS)) as well as very high resolution spaceborne sensors were integrated to acquire comprehensive pictures of settlements. Results of the IGEAN project provide archaeological information on the dynamic character of enclosures, the structure of architectural features and open spaces within sites as an indication of economic or communal spaces. At the same time, they demonstrated the importance of employing a suite of different geophysical techniques to reveal different aspects of the hindered prehistoric settlements that could not be highlighted with a single geophysical approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: Neolithic Thessaly; geophysical prospection; integrated approaches; enclosures; settlement patterns Neolithic Thessaly; geophysical prospection; integrated approaches; enclosures; settlement patterns

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Kalayci, T.; Simon, F.-X.; Sarris, A. A Manifold Approach for the Investigation of Early and Middle Neolithic Settlements in Thessaly, Greece. Geosciences 2017, 7, 79.

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