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Publication - Professor Volker Heyd

    Precision Farming and Archaeology.

    Citation

    Webber, H, Heyd, V, Horton, M, Bell, M, Matthews, W & Chadburn, A, 2022, ‘Precision Farming and Archaeology.’. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences., pp. 1-8

    Abstract

    With a significant growth in the agricultural technology industry, a vast amount of agricultural data is now being collected on farms throughout the world. Farmers aim to utilise these technologies to regularly record and manage the variation of crops and soils within their fields, to reduce inputs, increase yields and enhance environmental sustainability. In this paper, we aim to highlight the variety of different data types and methodological processes involved in modern precision farming systems and explore how potentially interconnected these systems are with the archaeological community. At present, no research has studied the effects of archaeological sites on soils in the context of precision farming practices. Yet from modern geophysical, geochemical and remote sensing techniques, a much greater volume of soil- and crop-related mapping is being undertaken, with huge potential for all kinds of archaeological study. From heritage management to archaeological prospection, how will the future of archaeological studies fit into this changing agricultural landscape?

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