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The 3-D reconstruction of medieval wetland reclamation through electromagnetic induction survey

Philippe De Smedt UGent, Marc Van Meirvenne UGent, Davy Herremans, Jeroen De Reu, Timothy Saey UGent, Eef Meerschman, Philippe Crombé UGent and Wim De Clercq UGent (2013) SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. 3.
abstract
Studies of past human-landscape interactions rely upon the integration of archaeological, biological and geological information within their geographical context. However, detecting the often ephemeral traces of human activities at a landscape scale remains difficult with conventional archaeological field survey. Geophysical methods offer a solution by bridging the gap between point finds and the surrounding landscape, but these surveys often solely target archaeological features. Here we show how simultaneous mapping of multiple physical soil properties with a high resolution multi-receiver electromagnetic induction (EMI) survey permits a reconstruction of the three-dimensional layout and pedological setting of a medieval reclaimed landscape in Flanders (Belgium). Combined with limited and directed excavations, the results offer a unique insight into the way such marginal landscapes were reclaimed and occupied during the Middle Ages. This approach provides a robust foundation for unravelling complex historical landscapes and will enhance our understanding of past human-landscape interactions.
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published
subject
keyword
archaeological prospection, proximal soil sensing, human-landscape interactions, electromagnetic induction, archaeology, geophysical survey, ELECTRICAL-CONDUCTIVITY, WATER-CONTENT, SOIL, LANDSCAPES, SENSOR
journal title
SCIENTIFIC REPORTS
Sci. Rep.
volume
3
article number
1517
pages
5 pages
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000316542800001
JCR category
MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
5.078 (2013)
JCR rank
5/55 (2013)
JCR quartile
1 (2013)
ISSN
2045-2322
DOI
10.1038/srep01517
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
copyright statement
I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
id
3185644
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3185644
date created
2013-04-08 12:07:51
date last changed
2016-12-21 15:41:11
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  articleno    = {1517},
  author       = {De Smedt, Philippe and Van Meirvenne, Marc and Herremans, Davy and De Reu, Jeroen and Saey, Timothy and Meerschman, Eef and Cromb{\'e}, Philippe and De Clercq, Wim},
  issn         = {2045-2322},
  journal      = {SCIENTIFIC REPORTS},
  keyword      = {archaeological prospection,proximal soil sensing,human-landscape interactions,electromagnetic induction,archaeology,geophysical survey,ELECTRICAL-CONDUCTIVITY,WATER-CONTENT,SOIL,LANDSCAPES,SENSOR},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {5},
  title        = {The 3-D reconstruction of medieval wetland reclamation through electromagnetic induction survey},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep01517},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
De Smedt, Philippe, Marc Van Meirvenne, Davy Herremans, Jeroen De Reu, Timothy Saey, Eef Meerschman, Philippe Crombé, and Wim De Clercq. 2013. “The 3-D Reconstruction of Medieval Wetland Reclamation Through Electromagnetic Induction Survey.” Scientific Reports 3.
APA
De Smedt, Philippe, Van Meirvenne, M., Herremans, D., De Reu, J., Saey, T., Meerschman, E., Crombé, P., et al. (2013). The 3-D reconstruction of medieval wetland reclamation through electromagnetic induction survey. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 3.
Vancouver
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De Smedt P, Van Meirvenne M, Herremans D, De Reu J, Saey T, Meerschman E, et al. The 3-D reconstruction of medieval wetland reclamation through electromagnetic induction survey. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. 2013;3.
MLA
De Smedt, Philippe, Marc Van Meirvenne, Davy Herremans, et al. “The 3-D Reconstruction of Medieval Wetland Reclamation Through Electromagnetic Induction Survey.” SCIENTIFIC REPORTS 3 (2013): n. pag. Print.