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Archaeological research and CORONA: On the use, misuse and full potential of historical remote sensing data

Tijs De Schacht (UGent) , Wouter Gheyle (UGent) , Rudi Goossens (UGent) and Alain De Wulf (UGent)
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In recent years, archaeological practice has shown the scientific value and relevance of declassified US satellite images. The use of cheap and easy to interpret high-resolution CORONA images from the 1960s and 1970s has been promoted in several publications, especially those concerning archaeological research in the Near East. However, the imagery is mostly used as a purely visual interpretation of a single image, thereby neglecting the stereoscopic character, and thus full potential of the dataset. Furthermore, as is the case for most high-resolution satellite data, Corona images are not orthophotos, and carry important image distortions. Mapping sites, structures and features solely based on one geo-referenced (warped) photo therefore still incorporates structural errors.
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CORONA, image interpretation, stereoscopic analysis, archaeological survey, photogrammetric restitution

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De Schacht, Tijs, Wouter Gheyle, Rudi Goossens, and Alain De Wulf. 2008. “Archaeological Research and CORONA: On the Use, Misuse and Full Potential of Historical Remote Sensing Data.” In Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Madrid, 3 - 8 April 2006, ed. Joaquin Ma Córdoba, Miquel Molist, Ma Carmen Pérez, Isabel Rubio, and Sergio Martinez, 1:611–618. Madrid ; SPAIN: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
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De Schacht, T., Gheyle, W., Goossens, R., & De Wulf, A. (2008). Archaeological research and CORONA: On the use, misuse and full potential of historical remote sensing data. In Joaquin Ma Córdoba, M. Molist, M. C. Pérez, I. Rubio, & S. Martinez (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Madrid, 3 - 8 april 2006 (Vol. 1, pp. 611–618). Presented at the 5th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Madrid ; SPAIN: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
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De Schacht T, Gheyle W, Goossens R, De Wulf A. Archaeological research and CORONA: On the use, misuse and full potential of historical remote sensing data. In: Córdoba JM, Molist M, Pérez MC, Rubio I, Martinez S, editors. Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Madrid, 3 - 8 april 2006. Madrid ; SPAIN: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; 2008. p. 611–8.
MLA
De Schacht, Tijs, Wouter Gheyle, Rudi Goossens, et al. “Archaeological Research and CORONA: On the Use, Misuse and Full Potential of Historical Remote Sensing Data.” Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Madrid, 3 - 8 April 2006. Ed. Joaquin Ma Córdoba et al. Vol. 1. Madrid ; SPAIN: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 2008. 611–618. Print.
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  abstract     = {In recent years, archaeological practice has shown the scientific value and relevance of declassified US satellite images. The use of cheap and easy to interpret high-resolution CORONA images from the 1960s and 1970s has been promoted in several publications, especially those concerning archaeological research in the Near East. However, the imagery is mostly used as a purely visual interpretation of a single image, thereby neglecting the stereoscopic character, and thus full potential of the dataset. Furthermore, as is the case for most high-resolution satellite data, Corona images are not orthophotos, and carry important image distortions. Mapping sites, structures and features solely based on one geo-referenced (warped) photo therefore still incorporates structural errors.},
  author       = {De Schacht, Tijs and Gheyle, Wouter and Goossens, Rudi and De Wulf, Alain},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East. Madrid, 3 - 8 april 2006},
  editor       = {C{\'o}rdoba, Joaquin Ma and Molist, Miquel and P{\'e}rez, Ma Carmen and Rubio, Isabel and Martinez, Sergio},
  isbn         = {978-84-8344-140-4},
  keyword      = {CORONA,image interpretation,stereoscopic analysis,archaeological survey,photogrammetric restitution},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Madrid ; SPAIN},
  pages        = {611--618},
  publisher    = {Universidad Aut{\'o}noma de Madrid},
  title        = {Archaeological research and CORONA: On the use, misuse and full potential of historical remote sensing data},
  volume       = {1},
  year         = {2008},
}