Session: #523

Theme & Session Format

5. Assembling archaeological theory and the archaeological sciences
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Settlements out of Nowhere – Theory and Practise of Detecting Settlements by Means of Combined Aerial Archaeology, Geophysics, Predicitve Modelling
Theoretically, the approximate number of settlements to be expected through time and space in a given region or local entity (e.g. islands) can be estimated by natural preconditions like area size, soil qualitiy, topography, travel and transport links and other landscape information as well as archaeological indicators like graves, surface finds, place names etc. Anyhow, typically only a small fraction of these settlements is actually known. In order to detect the missing settlement remains effectively and to estimate their number, methods like aerial archaeology including LIDAR, geophysics like geomganetism and soil radar, field surveys like fieldwalking and predictive modelling using landscape parameters and known information about archaeological features are applied all over Europe. These studies give insight of what and how much is actually there, when it comes to find and evaluate the “missing” settlements. We invite contributions, which approach this topic with a combined set of methods from both the theoretical and practical point of view.
settlement detection, combined theoretical and practical approach, aerial archaeology, geophysics, predictive modelling
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Main organiser:
Martin Segschneider (Germany) 1
Esben Mauritsen (Denmark) 2,3
1. NIhK Wilhelmshaven
2. Arkeologi Vestjylland
3. Ringkoebing-Skjern Museum