The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology (LBI ArchPro) is an institute of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft.
The LBI ArchPro is dedicated to the development of new techniques and methodological concepts for landscape archaeology. Its research programme combines geophysics, aerial imaging, computer science and geomatics to develop efficient and universally applicable approaches for the non-destructive detection, documentation, visualisation, analysis and interpretation of archaeological landscapes.
Together with its Austrian (NoeL, TU-Wien, Uni-Wien and ZAMG), British (VISTA), German (RGZM), Norwegian (NIKU) and Swedish (RAÄ) partner organisations, the LBI is working in three interacting, interdisciplinary programme lines, each of them directed by an experienced key researcher. Even though the individual research topics are very specific, they all focus on integrated landscape archaeology as the main research objective.
The Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) acts as the strategic LBI centre. First of all, ZAMG provides newly adapted workplaces, laboratories and workshops for the LBI as well as office infrastructure such as internet access, printers, plotters, copy machine and telefax. Besides, these buildings ensures a close collaboration with the team Archeo Prospections® (established at the Department for Geophysics) and other Departments engaged in relevant research on modelling of climate, GIS-analysis and data modelling.
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The Archaeological Centre functions as the second base for the LBI research. Because this location already hosts the Departments of Prehistoric and Medieval Archaeology (UFG), Classical Archaeology and Numismatics of the University of Vienna as well as the interdisciplinary research platform VIAS and the Austrian Archaeological Institute, the LBI can maintain a close connection with most national institutional bodies engaged in archaeological research. More specifically, the LBI is hosted in the 5th floor of this building. The provided premises comprise of 4 office rooms with up to 10 workplaces, the aerial archive of the UFG and peripheral equipment such as photogrammetric scanners and plotters. Additionally, laboratories and storage rooms of VIAS in the subfloor of the building are available for LBI-related work.