Spatial analyses that integrate multiple technologies are valuable tools in landscape archeological research because they reveal aspects of landscapes that are not evident to the naked eye. Integrating such information with 2D and 3D imaging techniques from the ground or the sky provides an abundance of data that requires new approaches for interpretation and analysis. GIS-based data storage, manipulation, and visualization of environmental attributes and archeological records are among the most intensely applied methods used to evaluate past societies' human-landscape interaction, movement patterns, and spatial behavior. Because of the digital nature of these big data, it is possible to apply advanced algorithmic techniques, including automatic recognition of patterns based on machine learning, agent-based simulations, and more.

This special issue aims at establishing state of the art in the field of digital landscape studies, with original contributions about archaeological use of the following tools (including but not limited to):

  • Geophysical survey, such as:
    • Seismic methods, such as reflection seismology, seismic refraction, and seismic tomography
    • Magnetic techniques, including magnetometers.
    • Electrical techniques, including electrical resistivity tomography, induced polarization, spontaneous potential
    • Electromagnetic methods, such as magnetotellurics, ground-penetrating radar, and transient/time-domain electromagnetics, surface nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Remote sensing techniques, including:
    • Hyperspectral imaging
    • Terrestrial laser scanners
    • Handheld laser scanners
    • Aerial Laser scanners
    • Close range photogrammetry
    • Aerial photogrammetry with drones
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) with Real-Time Kinematic positioning (RTK)
  • Multi-sensor data integration and processing
    • 3D sensor fusion
    • GIS data storage and management
    • AI-based extraction of information from big data
    • Agent-based simulations on archaeological data


Relevant dates:
Article due date: October 31, 2021
Peer Review: November 1-30, 2021
Production: December 1-20, 2021
Publication: December 21-31, 2021

For author guidelines and information on submitting a paper in the online portal, visit this link and submit in the section "Special Issue on Integrated spatial analysis in archeological research"

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. 

Laura K. Harrison, PhD
University of South Florida, USA
Associate Editor

Gabriele Guidi, PhD
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Editor in Chief