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Archaeological Prospection by Lidar Beyond Simple Hillshading

Call for Papers Irmela HERZOG1 | Michael DONEUS2(1LVR-Amt für Bodendenkmalpflege im Rheinland, Germany | 2University of Vienna, Austria) Keywords: Archaeological Prospection; Lidar; Digital Elevation Model For more than a decade, Lidar data has been used to detect and delimit archaeological sites by highlighting subtle altitude differences generated by the remains of these sites. In several European countries ordnance survey institutions nowadays provide Lidar data for archaeological purposes free of charge, and sometimes web map services are available that show hillshading views of this elevation data. Some researchers have pointed out the drawbacks of the ordnance survey Lidar data in their study area, favouring Lidar data acquisition commissioned by archaeologists. The latter procurement approach is the only option eligible in countries where official Lidar data is not accessible by archaeologists. In densely vegetated regions, filtering of the Lidar data is an issue. Additional issues include the accuracy of the measurements, irregular point density after filtering as well as combining data acquired in different campaigns or Lidar data with results of other prospection methods. Besides simple hillshading, several visualisation methods have been proposed that enhance detectability of specific archaeological features. Recently, pattern recognition and machine learning approaches have been used for the (semi-)automatic detection of sites in Lidar data, allowing to scan large regions with the aim of identifying sites of a predefined site type. The aim of this session is to show the potential of Lidar data beyond simple hillshading by papers focusing on: Best practice of Lidar data acquisition for archaeological purposesData filtering in densely vegetated regionsComparison of Lidar with SfM approaches in areas with hardly any vegetationPotential and limits of different visualisation approachesMonitoring sites by comparing Lidar data acquired in different yearsCombining Lidar data with data derived from other prospection methods(Semi-)automatic detection of sites in Lidar data for instance by machine learning approaches. SubmissionMind the new...

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PhD/Master Session 2019

Call for Papers Martina POLIG(Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC), Cyprus) A crucial aspect of the conference „Cultural Heritage and New Technologies“ is that it brings together researchers from different fields and backgrounds, creating a platform that enables and promotes the exchange of ideas. This discussion can only benefit from the input and perspectives of the young scientific generation. Their participation will enrich the scientific ambient with their fresh views as well as give them the opportunity to confront themselves with their peers in the context of an international conference. Therefore, we invite students and recent graduates to present their ongoing or finished Master or PhD thesis at the conference. New ideas, new ways of thinking, clever solutions, workarounds and critical thoughts are especially welcome. The topic of the presentation should be within the scope of cultural heritage and new technologies. However, presentations that are within this year’s main topic “Monumental Computations – Digital archaeology of large urban and underground infrastructures” will be given preference. The session wants to encourage young scientists to present for their first time at an international conference. Only presenters, who have not yet given a presentation at this conference will be accepted for this session. To facilitate and encourage the participation the conference organizers agreed that every presenter will get free admission to the...

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Large Skeletal Series and New Technologies in Osteo-archaeology: Opportunities or Challenges?

Call for Papers Raphael Panhuysen1 | Karin Wiltschke-Schrotta2 | Ann Degrave3 | David Bibby4(1ANTHRO.NL, The Netherlands | 2Naturhistorisches Museum Vienna | 3Urban Brussels, Belgium | 4Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart, Germany) Keywords: large cemeteries, selection criteria, osteo-archaeology In recent years large infrastructural works and other building projects have resulted in the excavation of large series of burials and human remains. The time consuming documentation and collection of human remains in the field has yielded large skeletal collections (more than 1000 to over 20000 skeletons) from sites like London-Spitalfields (United Kingdom, n=11000) and Sankt Pölten (Austria, n=20000). At the same time new technologies like ancient DNA and isotope analysis have become important new sources of information on past societies. However, these new methods raise the financial costs of research considerably.Both the large skeletal series as well as the new technological toolkit create opportunities to unravel fascinating stories about past populations. Between countries and sites there are however, large differences in the scale and depth of research that is possible. Often but not always limitations in financial resources result in a reduction in the number of skeletons that will be examined and a selective application of new technologies. This session invites papers dealing with the whole chain of activities from excavation of burials to the deposition of human remains and the disclosure of the results of the research. Important topics could be the definition of selection criteria for the application of various osteo-archaeological methods and the impact of selection on the final results. SubmissionMind the new...

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Image-based 3D Documentation Aerial and Underwater

Call for Papers Photogrammetry, Georeferencing, Monitoring and Surveying Marco BLOCK-BERLITZ | Martin OCZIPKA(HTW Dresden, Germany) Keywords: image-based 3d reconstruction, photogrammetry, sfm, aerial, maritim Image-based 3D reconstruction is one of the standard tools used in archaeological excavations above and under water. Nevertheless, standardised workflows and recommendations for coping with and storing the enormous data are largely lacking. Especially in the field of underwater archaeology, practical solutions for reliable georeferencing are sought. In this session we want to talk about practical solutions and show current tools in the field of image-based 3D reconstruction. Focussing on key aspects of managing surveys, this session invites papers dealing with topics such as: complete workflows and case-studiesdecision/planning support processes for excavation campaignscamera and lighting solutions for underwater archaeologymonitoring: continuous excavation and site recording forconservation and long-term studiesand data management solutions for recorded data andlong-term accessibility of 3D data. Contributions and perspectives are welcome, and may include the topics listed above or further improve established practise and processes. SubmissionMind the new...

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Learning from the Past

Call for Paper Facing modern challenges by integrating historical and present-day data on rural and urban infrastructure Rowin van LANEN | Menne KOSIAN | Jaap Evert ABRAHAMSE(Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Netherlands) Keywords: Historical infrastructure, multi-scale variability, digital techniques, multidisciplinarity and data integration, visualizations and reconstructions. The spatial layout of towns and infrastructure provides information on past human-landscape interaction. And although dynamic in nature, many of these spatial constructs have continued to exist in the present-day landscape. River-delta areas are generally low-lying; their landscapes shaped by marine and fluvial influences. In Europe they are often divided in two main landscape types: the lower, dynamic Holocene soils and higher, more stable Pleistocene areas. Remarkably, the more densely populated areas were often located in the more dynamic Holocene parts, especially in the proximity of rivers channels. Because of their fertile substrates, easily maintainable natural boundaries and abundant transport options these landscapes have always attracted people throughout history. However, living in these dynamic landscapes required the inhabitants to adapt to ever-changing circumstances. This has resulted in very specific town layouts and the development of elaborate and intertwined rural and urban infrastructural works, in which water management was always a factor to be reckoned with. At present, issues such as increasing weather extremes and urban, agricultural and economic interests put pressure on these landscapes, directly threatening the preservation of heritage. Besides providing useful knowledge of past solutions for future challenges, these historical spatial constructs also have a social function as was underlined in the recent Davos declaration (2018) on the importance of a European vision on Baukultur. In this session, we invite researchers to come forward with inspiring examples of successful integration of historical and/or present-day data in order to analyse, visualize, reconstruct or preserve past urban or rural landscapes or infrastructural developments. This session will focus on heritage projects using historical data to face modern-day challenges. The aim of this session will be to identify, analyse and compare different methods and technologies and their effects throughout Europe. SubmissionMind the new...

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