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Aerial Archaeology in England – Discovering Past Landscapes from the Air

Lectures
Date
25 Jan 2022
Start time
2:30 PM
Venue
Priory Street Centre
Speaker
Matthew Oakey, Historic England
Aerial Archaeology in England - Discovering Past Landscapes from the Air

Event Information

Aerial Archaeology in England – Discovering Past Landscapes from the Air
Matthew Oakey, Interim National Aerial Investigation & Mapping Manager
Archaeological Investigation, Historic England.

Since the early the 20th century aerial photography has been used to discover, record and understand archaeological sites and landscapes. Over this period there have been considerable advances in technology – from glass plate cameras and hand-transcription to the use of digital technologies to produce complex 3D datasets. This talk will explore how archaeologists use airborne remote sensing techniques to investigate landscapes. We’ll see how sites are identified from the air and how analysis of modern and historical aerial photographs, and airborne laser scanning can produce maps of vast archaeological landscapes. We will also look at how online digital dissemination allows us to give greater access than ever to these datasets and communicate aerial archaeology to the wider public.

Image caption: Roman camps and later features on Hadrian’s Wall © Historic England. Lidar source: Environment Agency.