Putting Angkor on the Map

Putting Angkor on the Map

Vendredi 30 janvier 2004 / January, Friday 30th, 2004
Vous êtes cordialement invités ?Ela présentation informelle
You are cordially invited to attend the following informal

Putting Angkor on the Map: The Discovery and Analysis of Settlement
Structure Using Remote Sensing and GIS

Damian Evans

Archaeologist, University of Sydney

Survey work undertaken over the last fifteen years by the EFEO and
the Greater Angkor Project has changed our understanding of Angkor
as a lived-in space. Using a variety of remote sensing techniques,
from aerial photo interpretation to imaging radar systems,
researchers have found and mapped a dispersed urban landscape
stretching between and also far beyond the main temple complexes, as
well as an extensive network of roads, canals, dykes and reservoirs
across most of the Angkor plain. Far from being just a collection of
state temples and reservoirs, Angkor is increasingly being
recognized as one of the largest ?Eperhaps even the largest ?Eof the
world?s pre-industrial settlements.
Given these outcomes, it is clear that remote sensing provides a
powerful method of deriving settlement pattern information for
dispersed, low-density urban complexes where visibility,
accessibility and the sheer scale of the study area make
conventional ground survey impractical, and further airborne radar
acquisitions are planned for a number of settlements worldwide.
However, there are many methodological issues surrounding the
mapping process that need to be understood in order to assess and
correctly interpret the new maps thus produced. With an emphasis on
imaging radar systems and their application at Angkor, this
presentation deals with some of the issues involved with the mapping
of archaeological landscapes, including the integration of
historical and art-historical interpretations, the representation of
spatial and temporal uncertainty and the problem of ground

Damian Evans is a doctoral student in the Archaeology Department at
the University of Sydney, and is preparing a dissertation on the
application of remote sensing techniques to the problem of urban
decline at Angkor. He is also on staff in the University?s new
Spatial Science Innovation Unit, specializing in spatio-temporal
mapping and the archaeological interpretation of radar imaging data.
He has participated in fieldwork at Angkor since 1999, and has
coordinated the geospatial data component of the Greater Angkor
Project (EFEO, APSARA, Univ. of Sydney) for the previous three years.

The presentation will take place on January, Monday 12th, at 6:30 pm
at the EFEO center.
La présentation se tiendra ?E18 h 30, lundi 12 janvier 2004, au
centre de l’EFEO.

Presentation will be in English

Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) Siem Reap
Phum Beng Don Pa, Khum Sl?EKram, Siem Reap, Cambodge
Tel: (885) (16) 635 037 / (63) 964 630 / 760 525 Tel/Fax: (855) (63)
964 226
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