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The invisible Forest Canopy: Mapping Woodland Archaeology from the air

4th October, 2011 Peter Crow


Reviewed by Valerie on 5th October, 2011

Some people cannot see the wood for the trees. But Peter Crow can -- by means of an aircraft with a broad laser beam to penetrate the tree canopy down towards the lower branches, bushes and undergrowth, to the earth and then through to any archaeological remains

Computerisation techniques allow enhancement of the resulting configuration so that light direction and shade can be used to greater effect in differentiation. Even individual trees can be defined in a landscape, together with what may turn out to be rhododendron bushes after a personal visit to the site.

This whole process opens up the lie of the land as to what is below the surface under the tree canopy for further imnvestigation by archaeologists in due course.

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