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Low-Cost Archaeological Investigation and Rapid Mapping of Ancient Stone Tidal Weirs in the Penghu Archipelago Using Google Earth

by 1,2,3, 1,3,*, 1,3, 2, 1, 1,3, 1,3 and 1,4,*
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Key Laboratory of Digital Earth Science, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100094, China
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National-Local Joint Engineering Laboratory on Digital Preservation and Innovative Technologies for the Culture of Traditional Villages and Towns, Hengyang Normal University, Hengyang 421001, China
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International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage under the Auspices of UNESCO, Beijing 100094, China
4
College of Information Science and Engineering, Shandong Agricultural University, Tai’an 271000, China
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Sustainability 2019, 11(17), 4536; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su11174536
Received: 29 July 2019 / Revised: 15 August 2019 / Accepted: 16 August 2019 / Published: 21 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remote Sensing for Archaeology and Cultural Landscapes)
This paper provides a brief history review of the use of ancient weirs in fishing on our planet, as well as a pilot study that involves investigating and mapping the coastal heritage of ancient stone tidal weirs (STWs) in the Penghu Archipelago which is located in the Taiwan Strait. The spatial distribution and morphological features of STWs across Penghu Archipelago were investigated and analyzed using very high-resolution (VHR) and freely available Google Earth (GE) imagery and geographic information system (GIS) analysis tools. A total of 539 ground-truthed STWs were identified from multiple temporal GE images, and these accounted for over 90% of the localized inventory databases. The proposed GE-based method was found to be more efficient, timely and effective compared to field and airborne surveys. This paper illustrates the utility of GE as a source of freely available VHR remote sensing imagery for archaeological surveys and heritage sustainability in coastal areas. View Full-Text
Keywords: STWs; archaeological; intertidal flat; coastal; stone heritage; Google Earth; Penghu; remote sensing STWs; archaeological; intertidal flat; coastal; stone heritage; Google Earth; Penghu; remote sensing
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Luo, L.; Wang, X.; Liu, J.; Zheng, W.; Zhen, J.; Zhu, L.; Liu, C.; Wan, H. Low-Cost Archaeological Investigation and Rapid Mapping of Ancient Stone Tidal Weirs in the Penghu Archipelago Using Google Earth. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4536. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su11174536

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Luo L, Wang X, Liu J, Zheng W, Zhen J, Zhu L, Liu C, Wan H. Low-Cost Archaeological Investigation and Rapid Mapping of Ancient Stone Tidal Weirs in the Penghu Archipelago Using Google Earth. Sustainability. 2019; 11(17):4536. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su11174536

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Luo, Lei, Xinyuan Wang, Jie Liu, Wenwu Zheng, Jing Zhen, Lanwei Zhu, Chuansheng Liu, and Hong Wan. 2019. "Low-Cost Archaeological Investigation and Rapid Mapping of Ancient Stone Tidal Weirs in the Penghu Archipelago Using Google Earth" Sustainability 11, no. 17: 4536. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su11174536

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