Using Airborne Lidar in Archaeological Survey

    SubTitle

    The Light Fantastic
    Using Airborne Lidar in Archaeological Survey large image 1
        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        1 Jul 2018
        12197703
        12197703

        Main Summary

          This guidance is designed to help those intending to use airborne laser scanning (ALS), also known as lidar, for archaeological survey. The aim is to help archaeologists, researchers and those who manage the historic environment to decide first, whether using lidar data will actually be beneficial in terms of their research aims, and second, how the data can be used effectively. The guidance will be most useful to those who have access to data that have already been commissioned, or are planning to commission lidar for a specific purpose. They also provide an introduction to data interpretation in order to separate archaeological and non-archaeological features.

          Although important themes are introduced, this guidance are not intended as a definitive explanation of the technique or the complexities of acquiring and processing the raw data, particularly as this is a still developing technology. This document is intended to complement 3D Laser Scanning for Heritage, which covers a wider range of uses of laser scanning for heritage purposes (Historic England 2018).

          This Guidance is a revision of The Light Fantastic: Using Airborne Lidar in Archaeological Survey published by English Heritage in 2010. The text has largely been maintained except for certain areas where major changes have occurred in the ensuing years. This is particularly true with regard to increased access to data and the wide range of visualisation techniques now available. The case studies have also been updated to reflect more recent survey activity and to include examples from outside Historic England.

          Additional Information

          Author

          Simon Crutchley
          Peter Crow

          Author Information

          Simon Crutchley is a Remote Sensing Development Manager at Historic England
          Peter Crow works for Forest Reseach

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          297mm

          Number of Illustrations

          75

          Number of Pages

          96

          ISBN

          9781848025479

          Contents

            Introduction
            Lidar and archaeology
            Deciding to use lidar
            Using lidar
            Woodland survey
            Conclusions
            Case studies
            Decision tree
            Further resources
            References
            Further reading
            Glossary
            Acknowledgements


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