Sunday, August 29, 2010

Remote sensing and space age archaeology

"Space age archaeology" is a term you often see applied to the technique of using satellite imagery to detect landscape patterns, and built environments, that are not apparent from aerial images or on the ground.  All fine stuff.

But it's not what I do.  Space people, and indeed many other people, leap to the assumption that space archaeology means the use of remote sensing in terrestrial archaeology, or the study of re-entered material (ie bits of spacecraft that survive reentry to fall to the surface of the earth).   The idea that the material culture of space, both in space and on Earth, is worthy of research, often takes some time to make sense to those who have not come across it before.

And that's OK.  It's just that I am totally over remote sensing.


  1. Heh heh, I just had a thought: you probably use some form of remote sensing to study space-borne archaeology, right?

  2. Oooh, I'm telling Moffat! You are going to be in trouble. Or is this a response to that slide?

  3. Jen, you remind me thatI have not yet contemplated a suitable revenge to "that slide"! However I don't think that Moffat will be too upset as he's not into stuff that remote.

  4. David, that's what telescopes and antenna do!