Since the launch of the Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) initiative in China, archaeological prospection has been increasingly emphasized by archaeolo- gists, scientists, and government ofﬁcials to uncover the civilization of the past and the evidence of the friendship between West and East. Compared with traditional ﬁeld archaeology, remote sensing is an irreplaceable tool in archaeological investi- gations, taking advantage of large spatial coverage and high-spectral sensitivity to anomalies linking the occurrence of buried relics. In the framework of a Chinese– Italian bilateral project entitled “Smart Management of Cultural Heritage Sites in Italy and China: Earth Observation and Pilot Project,” in 2014 we undertook preliminary investigations on some test sites in Han-Wei capital city and Dingding Gate in Luoyang City to assess the performance of remote sensing, including space-borne synthetic aperture radar (SAR), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and the surface geoelectrical method for the detection of archaeological features. The investigations have been planned considering that the characteristics of the expected archaeological features and the subsoil are not ideal for applications based on the use of remote sensing and geophysics. In fact, past archaeological excavations unearthed deep walls built in rammed earth with stone foundations covered by clayey soil. The aim of this preliminary investigation campaign has been to provide indications for a cost-efﬁcient scientiﬁc mission to be conducted in the future on wider areas in Luoyang with the prospect of performing archaeological excavations.
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|Titolo:||Investigating Luoyang by Remote Sensing: First Results|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||02.1 Contributo in volume (Capitolo, articolo)|