Call for Papers. Landscape Archaeology Conference 2020. Madrid 2-5 June.

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We invite you to participate in our Session: Data, Assumptions, and Demonstrations. A Dialogue between 3D-GIS, Modelling and Remote Sensing in Strategic Landscape Research which will be carry out in the LAC 2020.


6th Landscape Archaeology Conference. LAC 2020.

2-5 June 2020 Madrid



María del Mar Castro García (University of Siena)

Daniel J. Martín-Arroyo Sánchez (University of Barcelona)

Antonio J. Ortiz Villarejo (University of Jaén)


Territorial studies have traditionally focused on archaeological sites and their immediate surroundings. However, other archaeological approaches consider the historical landscape as a continuum, including spaces between sites, known as “Empty Spaces”. This perspective is essential in understanding how the archaeological record reveals the landscape complexity in the social, economic and environmental context. This context involves field systems, communication and trade networks, and artisanal agricultural foci, in addition to domestic and civic settlements.

The increase of spatial scales is a challenge for researchers because they have to confront with a large amount of data from more dispersed and less defined archaeological evidences. Currently, technological advances and an entirely new range of data sources have created unprecedented opportunities. The newest computational sciences and remote sensing techniques enable the integration of information across progressively larger areas of open landscapes. However, the management of these technologies and data, necessitates highly qualified and time-consuming work from the investigators. Consequently, the available time to formulate hypotheses and design research strategies is reduced.

The combination of new techniques to implement research strategies is proposed here as a methodological approach to carry out archaeological landscape studies. A dialogue between 3D-GIS, modelling, and remote sensing is initiated in this session in order to design research strategies. Firstly, we will discuss the management of geographical and archaeological databases, and their visualization through 3D-GIS. Secondly, we propose modelling as a technique to predict settlement patterns and to test the logic of our assumptions. Finally, the remote sensing at the large scale is an optimal approach to investigate the space as a whole, or to demonstrate or refute our hypotheses by surveying selected zones.

This session aims to promote a dialogue amongst researchers who are applying any kind of 3D-GIS, modelling, or remote sensing techniques. They are welcome to present their case studies, theoretical frameworks, methodological strategies, problems, and challenges, in all historical landscape realities in any chronological context. The main objective is to create a useful methodological debate, trying to resolve particular problems, and to suggest new opportunities of collaboration between researchers in the future.


You can submit your abstract until 14 February 2020, see the information attached below: