Archaeological Survey in Northeastern Syria:

Investigators:

Frank Hole, PI and Nicholas Kouchoukos:

Department of Anthropology

Description:

This project uses Landsat, SPOT and Space Shuttle imagery to characterize regional hydrologic patters, land use practices, and routes of communication in a region of the world for which accurate maps either do not exist or are not available. This information may then be used in two major ways. First, it helps prioritize regions of promising archaeological potential, greatly increasing the efficiency of field reconnaissance. Second, it provides a geographic context for interpreting archaeological sites once they are found. Remotely sensed data, when combined with information gathered in the field in this way, can be used to represent a region's variability in agricultural potential and resource distribution.