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Volume 2023 Issue 1

Special Issue: Non-Destructive Geophysical and Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Assessment

Guest Editor:
Prof. Dr. Jörg W.E. Fassbinder

Prof. Dr. Jörg W.E. Fassbinder is geophysicist and currently faculty member at Geophysics Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University München (Germany). He graduated in Geophysics in 1985 and received his PhD degree in 1993, in the same domain and at the same institution, advancing a topic regarding magnetic properties of archaeological soils. In 2009, he also obtained his habilitation and uthorization to teach Geophysics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University München (Germany). The guest editor has a strong connection with the field of cultural heritage due to his position at the Bavarian State Department for Monuments and Sites (1986 – 2020). He focuses on the application of geophysical methods investigating past and present human environment interactions. Additional methodological emphasis of his research lies on the use of soil magnetic properties in a wide range of environmental applications. His work, which includes the development of techniques to gather, process and interpret geophysical prospection data from all around the world, is published regularly in peer-reviewed journal papers.

General information related to the topic:

The integrated use of high-resolution geophysical and remote sensing techniques allows in-depth and multifaceted approaches in the study of archaeological sites and cultural heritage. Archaeological prospecting has faced large advances both in terms of instruments refining and data acquisition and processing in recent years. Satellites, LiDAR and aerial drones now offer new perspectives with an extremely good spatial resolution helping in accurate detection of archaeological traces or past landscape modifications. Various geophysical techniques (such as magnetometer and resistivity prospecting, ground-penetrating radar, ERT electrical resistivity tomography among others) have demonstrated the efficiency to diagnose the state of conservation especially for prehistoric sites. Recently, due to the high acquisition speed, there have been more and more successful attempts of drones use for low-altitude magnetometer data acquisition. The ability of these techniques to provide, in many cases, an accurate planimetry of the sites offers good arguments for feasible cultural resource management plans. This Special Issue aims to review the state of the art regarding the aforementioned themes fostering articles that focus on the applications of different remote sensing and geophysical techniques in archaeological contexts. Papers introducing novel instrumentation and innovative data processing approaches orientated on the detection and characterization of archaeological features are also highly encouraged.


  • archaeological prospection;
  • near-surface geophysics;
  • remote sensing;
  • aerial archaeology;
  • cultural heritage management.

Submission deadline: 31 December 2023

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