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Summary of Proposal LAN3046

TitleHigh Resolution X-Band Observation of Archaeological Sites
Investigator Ullmann, Tobias - University of Wuerzburg, Physical Geography
Team Member
Dr. Lange, Eva - Universität Würzburg, Institut für Altertumswissenschaften
Prof. Dr. Baumhauer, Roland - Universität Würzburg, Institut für Geographie und Geologie
Dipl.-Geogr. Büdel, Christian - Universität Würzburg, Institut für Geographie und Geologie
Dr. Müller-Neuhof, Bernd - Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Orientabteilung
Dr. Brauneck, Jens - Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Fachbereich Bauingenieurwesen
SummaryThe objective of the project is the integration of remote sensing data and GIS-analysis in joint archaeological and geomorphological spatial research. As part of these investigations we want to evaluate the benefit of SAR data for our studies, e.g. for the detection of ancient relicts in the Nile Delta (Egypt), the delineation of geomorphological units in Hattusha (Turkey), or the detection of ancient salt basins in Khirbet Abu al-Husayn (Jordan). With the high spatial resolution of the Starring Spotlight Mode of TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellites we see new promising opportunities to utilize SAR data for the detection of small-scale geomorphological and archeological targets and structures. The interpretation of the remote sensing imagery will be based on manual image interpretation, time series analysis and texture analyses. Further, the analysis will be complemented by a comparison of high resolution L-Band (ALOS-2 PALSAR-2) and X-Band data. The validation and truthing will be done geophysical measurements and archaeological excavations. All members are funded by internal budget and expenses for field work and travel are covered by third-party funds.

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