Ostrovul Preasna Veche, râul Mostiştea
Preasna Veche islet, Mostistea river
Pauză de zbor la Brastavăţu
Flight break at Brastavăţu
Tell-ul Gumelniţa, lângă Olteniţa (jud. Călăraşi)
Gumelnita Tell, near Olteniţa
Șantier arheologic - Bucșani
Archaeological site - Bucșani
Tumulul de la Vânători
Vânători       tomb         
Fotografie aeriana Mostistea (1977)
Mostistea Valley aerial photo


Aviation Museum (Bucharest)

Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum (Bucharest)

Teleorman County Museum (Alexandria)

Boian Plain Museum (Drăgănești-Olt)

Ostrovit S.A.

Caro Hotel

Aerial Archaeology. In Romania and in Europe

Arheologie aeriană. În România și Europa [Aerial Archaeology.  In Romania and in Europe]

By Rog Palmer, Irina Oberländer-Târnoveanu, Carmen Bem


AARG 2010 Conference Programme


15 September      16 September     17 September


15 September 2010


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Pre-conference workshop:
Remote-sensing mapping programmes in archaeology: planning, organisation, results

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the utility of multiannual
aerial mapping programmes for archaeology and cultural heritage protection in
European countries. Are they necessary? Or can Google Earth replace them?
What are the costs and benefits? How many people are needed, with what
expertise? How many flights a year? How many sites identified on average
during a flight? How many hours needed to analyse, georeference and
interpret the photos? What about the resulted archives: who get access? What are the maintenance costs? There are many questions people from countries at an early stage in this field put. There is no easy answer but we want to learn about good parts and mistakes to avoid, if possible.

We want to bring together people who participated in such programmes in
their countries, regions and organisations, to learn about their strategy,
planning, workflow, costs and results. Whether you want to speak about your
experience or to put questions, please register for the pre-conference

Programme (and presentations)


Rog Palmer

Introduction to Aerial Archaeology

10:00 – 10:30

Chris Musson

Strategy and rates of discovery for sites in Wales and the adjacent parts of England

10:30 – 11:00

René Pelegrin
(K.U.Leuven, Belgium)

Aerial survey projects in the eastern part of Belgium

11:30 – 12:00

Ioana Oltean
(Exeter, UK)

For an Aerial Investigation Programme in Romania

12:00 – 12:30

Visy Zsolt, Szabó, M. Pánczél, Sz.
(Pecs, Hungary)

Aerial archaeological investigations
on the Eastern limes of Dacia in 2007-2009

12:30 – 13:00


Lunch Break and
Visit to the Open Air Village Museum

13:00 – 15:00

Dorel Micle, Adrian Cântar & alli

Using satellite images to identify archaeological structures in the Banat Region, SW Romania

15:00 – 15:30

Dr. Ralf Hesse

Baden-Württemberg LIDAR Project

15:30 – 16:00

Rog Palmer
(Cambridge AirPhoto Service, UK)

Using Google Earth


16:00 – 16:30

Peter Horne
(English Heritage, UK)

The English Heritage National Mapping Programme

16:30 – 17:00



17:00 – 17:30

16 September 2010

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09.00 - 09.45 REGISTRATION and COFFEE
09.45 - 10.30 AARG AGM
10.30 - 10.40 WELCOME



Irina Oberländer Târnoveanu

Aerial archaeology in Romania: a glimpse of the last forty years



Bill Hanson

Aerial reconnaissance for archaeology in Romania (1998-2010)



Ioana Oltean

The archaeological landscape of Southern Dobrogea (Romania)



Radian Andreescu, Carmen Bem, Katia Moldoveanu

Tell Settlement Patterns. The Lower Danube in the 5th mil. B.C.



 Zoltán Czajlik

Aerial archaeological survey of burial tumuli and earthworks in the Transylvanian plain



Irina Oberländer Târnoveanu, Carmen Bem, Bogdan Șandric

In Search of past Archaeological Landscapes


13.00 - 14.15 LUNCH



Claire Goffioul, Rene Pelegrin, Luc Corthouts, Marc Lodewijckx, Jean-Marc Léotard

Aerial surveys in the Belgian Province of Liège


  Jeroen De Reu, Machteld Bats, Jean Bourgeois From aerial photographs to Bronze Age burial landscapes in sandy Flanders (NW Belgium) 14.40
  Gwil Owen Aerial Images of Amarna 15.05
  F. Longo, A. Rossi, A. Santoriello Aerial Archaeology at Phaistos (Crete) 15.30

16.00 - 16.30 COFFEE

16.30 - 18.45 INTERPRETATION
  Dave Cowley and Rog Palmer Interpretation of aerial remote sensing data: best practice? 16.30
    Véronique De Laet Automatic versus semi-automatic extraction of archaeological features from High Resolution Satellite Imagery: a state of the art review and future directions 16.50
  Michael Doneus Perception 17.15
  Rog Palmer
One way of teaching
  Darja Grosman Stone and water: interpreting the obvious 18.00
  A N Other Discussion 18.25
  Sarah Davies
TV and Historians can make more happen together  
  Jerzy Tyszkiewicz
Can Aerial Archaeologists learn from Astronomers?  
  Rene Pelegrin PORTIVA-project  

17 September 2010

9.00 - 11.00 LIDAR IN CONTEXT


Rosa Lasaponara, Nicola Masini

Investigating deserted medieval villages in Southern Italy using satellite data aerial photos and Laser Scanning



Michael Doneus

The Impact of Airborne Laser Scanning for Landscape Archaeology



Ralf Hesse

LIDAR prospection results: spatial patterns and cross-evaluation with known sites



Nicolas Poirier, Rachel Opitz, Laure Nuninger, Ostir, K.

Lidar integration in a well known archeological context: what is the added value?



 Rachel Opitz, Laure Nuninger, Catherine Fruchart and Clement Laplaige

Integrating fieldwalking, geophysics and lidar in the Franche-Comté


11.10 - 11.40 COFFEE



Stewart Ainsworth, Matthew Oakey and Mark Kincey

Miner-Farmer landscapes of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB): English Heritage research into extensive lead-mining landscapes




Paolo Forlin
12.30 Discussion

Solar radiation analysis and automatic feature recognition applied on Lidar data of a medieval silver mine area, Monte Calisio, Trento, Northern Italy


12.50 - 14.00 LUNCH

  Ioana Oltean, Bill Hanson, Ovidiu Țentea Aerial archaeology and Roman limes in Romania 14.00
    Gábor Bertók, Csilla Gáti An Emerging Late Neolithic Landscape in Baranya County, Hungary - Recent discoveries from the air and from space 14.25
  Nayden Prahov Development of Predictive Models for identification of Archaeological Sites along the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast in GIS Environment 14.50
  A. Morintz, R. Kogălniceanu, C. J. Markussen Non-intrusive surveying of a prehistoric site (Iepurești, Giurgiu County): from the air, at the ground level, and below the surface 15.15
15.40 - 16.10 COFFEE
  Philippe Fajon Aerial archaeology and archaeogeography: how to go on working together 16.10
  Jan Walstra The environmental context of an ancient site in the Upper Khabur basin (NE Syria) 16.35
  Gertjan Plets, Jean Bourgeois Studying the preservation of the Archaeological monuments of the Altay Mountains through landscape and land-use changes
  Ole Risbøl Retrospective monitoring of a Norwegian pebble-stone beach cemetery using aerial photos and lidar 17.25
  Rebecca Bennett, Kate Welham, Ross A Hill and Andrew Ford Multisensor Airborne Remote Sensing Techniques for Archaeological Survey and Interpretation 17.50

18 September 2010

8.00 – 20.00 FIELD TRIP Route:  Bucharest – Alexandria – Drăgănești-Olt - Bucharest




Automatic identification methods of linear and circular archaeological structures via satellite imagery processing Dorel Micle, Daniela Zaharie & Oana Borlea

The Linear Earthworks System in Timis County (SW Romania, Banat region) – a synchronic approach Dorel Micle, Liviu Măruia, Marcel Török, Adrian Cîntar, Călin Timoc & Andrei Stavilă

Aerial archaeology and the age of the internet: a survey of free internet-based satellite and aerial imagery for Southern Dobrogea (Romania) John Gates

Using satellite images to identify a possible medieval road in the Vinga High Plains (Banat, România) Dorel Micle, Leonard Dorogostaisky, Liviu Măruia, Marcel Torok, Adrian Cîntar & Lavinia Bolcu

Sub-canopy archaeological prospection of Chopwell Wood, N. England through multiple-echo discrete-pulse laser ranging (LiDAR) Jack Landy

So much to be found! An assessment of the national digital height model in Denmark Esben Schlosser Mauritsen

An integration of airborne LiDAR and vertical aerial imagery to analyze two Iron Age hillforts in Northern Galicia (Spain) João Fonte & Luis Gonçalves-Seco

The potential of archaeological landscape survey through airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) in the Czech Republic Martin Gojda & Lenka Starkova

Airborne remote sensing, LiDAR and the coastal promontory forts of Pembrokeshire: A pilot project Toby Driver & Louise Barker

The search for Koknese fortress front fortifications Juris Urtans

The potential of using relief shaded LiDAR images in detection and investigation of fossil fields in Estonia Helena Kaldre

Towards an Integrated, Multi-method Remote Sensing Strategy for Archaeological Landscape Analysis: the Discovery of the Rosnaree Enclosure, Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site, County Meath, Ireland Kevin Barton & Conor Brady

Support of lidar advanced data visualisations in past cultural features recovery in vegetated areas: past water streams, bronze age hill forts, past settlements, WW1 trenches and shell craters Žiga Kokalj, Krištof Oštir, Tatjana Veljanovski & Andrej Kobler

Advancement of relief interpretation with sky-view factor in rendering details of past settlement structural elements Žiga Kokalj, Klemen Zakšek & Krištof Oštir

Visualisation tools for ALS Data Nina Heiska, Jakob Ventin & Ilari Kurri

A “Task Force” in aerial imagery in the Public Service of Wallonia: A renewed approach in the management and analysis of aerial Imagery for archaeological purpose in The Walloon Region. Claire Goffioul, for the Aerial Imagery Working Group (SPW)

Air photographic analysis and mapping of the Roman town at Aldborough, North Yorkshire Tara-Jane Sutcliffe

Reconstructing a ritual landscape from the air Peter Halkon

INSPIREd delivery: the development of web map services for aerial photographic transcriptions at RCAHMS. Mark Gillick, Peter McKeague & Alistair Wilkie