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Advanced Archaeological Remote Sensing: Site Prospection, Landscape Archaeology and Heritage Protection in the Middle East and North Africa
Discover cutting-edge developments in remote sensing for cultural heritage
The Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project uses satellite imagery and remote sensing to identify and monitor threats to heritage sites across the MENA region.
On this six-week advanced course from Durham University, you’ll deepen your understanding of remote sensing technology and its uses for the protection of cultural heritage. Focusing on the Middle East and North Africa, you’ll be trained to visualise and analyse remote sensing imagery.
Learn how to source, display, and analyse satellite imagery
Accessing satellite imagery is the first step in exploring archaeological sites and landscapes.
In the first week of the course, you’ll gain a comprehensive overview of satellite imagery, learning how it can be used to gather data about features on the earth’s surface.
Get to grips with multispectral imaging and spatial analysis
Satellite remote sensing often uses multispectral imaging. In Week 3, you’ll learn how to carry out simple analyses on multispectral images, and what the value of this data is for analysing archaeology.
You’ll also examine satellite radar data, and learn about the digital elevation models that can be generated from it.
Improve your mapping skills to process archaeological data
In the final two weeks of the course, you’ll develop a toolkit for processing data sourced through satellite remote sensing. You’ll discuss the most effective ways of mapping, georeferencing, and digitising historic maps and imagery, so that data is presented clearly and accurately.
You’ll finish the course with an in-depth knowledge of the uses of satellite remote sensing for cultural heritage protection, and the technical skills you need to conduct your own archaeological analysis.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Perform remote sensing tasks with free satellite imagery
- Perform basic analysis with topographical data
- Apply georeferencing techniques to historic maps and imagery
- Create great maps with QGIS
- Report accurately the data sources you have used
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in remote sensing and its uses within archaeology and cultural heritage.
It will be particularly useful for researchers and heritage professionals working in countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
What software or tools do you need?
You will need a device that can run the full version of QGIS – a Windows or Linux desktop PC or laptop, or an Apple iMac or Macbook. If you are accessing the course via a phone, tablet or Chromebook you will still be able to learn the theory, but unfortunately you will not be able to complete the practical components of the course.
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