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Remote Sens. 2018, 10(9), 1401; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10091401

Thermal Imaging for the Archaeological Investigation of Historic Buildings

Department of History, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
Received: 2 August 2018 / Revised: 23 August 2018 / Accepted: 27 August 2018 / Published: 3 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Remote Sensing for Archaeological Heritage)
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A significant problem in understanding the archaeology of standing buildings relates to the proscription to uncover features and structures within plastered and rendered walls due to the susceptibility and historic importance of such structures. Infrared thermography offers a method of visualization that is nondestructive and capable of revealing various types of archaeological anomaly that has been demonstrated on a small scale in the past. A passive infrared thermal camera is used to examine several historic buildings that are known or suspected to contain hidden archaeological information; the technique is also presented on complex, exposed historic building fabric. The results confirm that it is possible to detect various types of man-made anomaly and to differentiate building materials. In consequence, the use of passive thermal infrared imaging is shown to be a valuable tool in the examination and recording of historic buildings and structures. View Full-Text
Keywords: architectural heritage; archaeology; thermal imaging; thermography; thermodynamics; ground-based remote sensing; non-destructive; image processing architectural heritage; archaeology; thermal imaging; thermography; thermodynamics; ground-based remote sensing; non-destructive; image processing
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