- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415448786
- ISBN-13: 978-0415448789
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is scientific and helpfull but i would have appreciated more pictures and photos.
Tables with costs of imagery are worthless because everything has changed drastically.
Has the feel of a book put together in a rush and so not carefully organized. It reads like a first draft.
It has a few interesting stories of real situations, but the scientific treatment of remote sensing is very weak and just plain wrong in many instances.
As an unintended consequence of her research she has given authorities by far their best tool to monitor grave robbing which with all the chaos in Middle East is rampant right now.
Parcak begins with a history of remote sensing in archaeology, starting with pre-satellite aerial photography, and moving quickly to the most recent advances. She continues with an overview of different kinds of remote sensing imagery, what it can be used for, and where it has been used in archaeology. This section of the book is quite helpful to the non-RS archaeologist, who can be confused by the multitude of remote sensing platforms and products. Parcak pay particular attention to what kinds of RS products can be applied to different archaeological problems. Following this introduction to image types, Parcak briefly describes different processing methods and image analysis techniques. An introductory handbook is not the appropriate place to get bogged down in the details--indeed, it would be almost impossible to get into the technical weeds without a thorough knowledge of physics, calculus and geology, which is rare among archaeologists. Throughout, Parcak keeps the discussion accessible to the non-specialist, but provides references to more detailed publications.
The second half of the book is devoted to the use of remote sensing techniques in archaeological fieldwork, including discussions of what archaeologists can hope to see in RS imagery, what needs to be done in terms of ground-truthing, and other, practical matters. The detailed case studies help illustrate her points. Parcak emphasizes on-the-ground surveying techniques particular to satellite remote sensing, and strategies for recording ancient features on the ground observed from space. The book also discusses broader issues relating to archaeological remote sensing ethics, looting prevention, and archaeological site preservation.
The specialist in RS, already familiar with the methods Parcak discusses, would always want more details. But that would restrict the accessibility of the book to a few "experts" in the field, who were not the target audience. For the non-RS archaeologist who is interested in using some satellite imagery in their research, Parcak has written an essential first resource, which will help narrow down the particular image sources to be sought, help design a field strategy to take advantage of RS methods, and help point the novice toward appropriate analytical and image processing methods. If you are an archaeologist who is thinking about satellite imagery, this book is a must have.
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