Advances in geoarchaeology: using geomorphological techniques and digital applications for the analysis of past man-environment systems
Session at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, EGU 2011, Vienna, Austria, April 3th-8th, 2011
General information and invitation
As already successfully established in recent years, the European Geosciences Union general assembly 2011 will again include a session dealing with the topic of geoarchaeology. Titled “Advances in geoarchaeology: using geomorphological techniques and digital applications for the analysis of past man-environment systems”, the symposium aims at bringing together experts from different subjects and allowing interdisciplinary exchange.
The concept of Geoarchaeology is an interdisciplinary approach which tries to unravel the relationships between settlement history, human activity and the environmental evolution in order to reconstruct past landscapes. Besides archaeological and geoscientific techniques, the methodical spectrum increasingly includes digital applications, such as GIS, remote sensing or laser scanning. This computerised approach allows the identification and documentation of archaeological remains as well as a comprehensive capture of relevant geomorphologic landforms, archives and processes in their surroundings.Besides geomorphological and geophysical investigations, the session especially aims at presenting advances in digital data acquisition and analysis within the framework of archaeological topics. Hence, a discussion platform for an exchange between earth sciences, humanities and (geo-)informatics is to be created. The substantial and methodological focus lies among others on GIS, terrestrial and airborne laser scanning, remote sensing, spatial analysis, feature detection, predictive modelling, new geospatial datasets, satellite imagery, digital elevation models, 3D visualisation of archaeological remains or palaeoenvironments as well as processing and refinement of geomorphological and geophysical data with digital tools. In addition, well established approaches based on chronostratigraphical, sedimentological and mineralogical investigations will be included. The symposium targets contributors of any field of expertise related to human-environmental interactions who are interested in stimulating further research along with transdisciplinary cooperation. Abstracts for papers on original topics without any geographical restriction can be submitted.
For further information considering topics, time schedule, oral and poster presentations please refer to the official session website.