Within the research programme various geographical areas have been selected together with the partners in order to provide different archaeological landscapes for distinct case studies in which to apply the respective developments at a large scale. Through the large-scale case study applications the LBI ArchPro will provide exemplarily scientific access to GIS-based virtual data that is scalable, ranging from individual postholes of buildings to entire archaeological landscapes. The selected areas are investigated by the LBI ArchPro in close cooperation with the partner organizations using the newly developed methodology and technical equipment, combining non-invasive remote sensing, geophysical prospection, virtual reality and dynamic GIS-based integrated archaeological interpretation. The information gained by the non-destructive approach of the LBI ArchPro is partly extended by subsequent additional information derived from destructive investigations (surveys, targeted excavations, augering etc.) conducted by the partner organizations.
The case studies act as the major tests for the efficiency and applicability of the novel developments of the LBI ArchPro. The complex and wide ranging application examples guarantee a close connection of the developed theoretical concepts and technical solutions in form of hard- and software tools with the practical needs of modern spatial archaeology, from the micro-scale of an excavation to the investigation and documentation of extended archaeological landscapes at appropriate respective resolution. Within these case studies the main data required for the development of respective data processing, visualization techniques and interpretation methodology is generated.
The case studies form an important and integral part of the LBI ArchPro research programme, for the testing of the theoretical and practical developments in regard to high-resolution landscape archaeological prospection at unprecedented scale and resolution. The results obtained through the national case studies selected by the LBI ArchPro and the respective national partner are of considerable interest both in regard to newly generated archaeological knowledge and discoveries, as well as through the introduction and demonstration of state-of-the-art, exemplary non-invasive archaeological prospection with likewise great potential for rescue archaeology and archaeological research.
Expanding the case studies into large-scale applications, the research at the LBI will provide scientific access to GIS-based virtual and scalable archaeological data - from individual post-holes to entire archaeological landscapes.