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Research programme

The Neolithic ring ditch system of Steinabrunn/Austria in its landscape

The LBI ArchPro is working on three interdisciplinary programme lines with a high degree of interaction and potential for future expansion. The three programme lines comprise technologically and methodologically defined research areas, which offer numerous possibilities for close interaction and collaboration. The research fields presented are highly relevant for all spatial aspects of landscape archaeology. Mutual benefits can be seen in the use of high-resolution terrain models obtained by remote sensing with airborne laser scanners, integration of large-scale, high-resolution geophysical prospection data, improved Virtual Reality data processing, visualization and analysis, and an integrative interpretation in the framework of a dynamic ArchaeoGIS for the further development of Landscape archaeology. All research topics have been selected on their potential for wide-ranging applications, future extensions and further development focussing on integrated non-invasive landscape archaeology as the main archaeological research objective.

The LBI ArchPro and its partners are joining their forces, pooling scientific experts and state-of-the-art technical equipment in order to achieve the research and development goals. This includes scientific and public dissemination of data and information on threatened archaeological and cultural heritage, on both national and international levels.

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. Throughout the world the LBI ArchPro is currently the only institution to carry out such integrative research at comparable scale.

The research programme of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology is divided into three interdisciplinary and interacting programme lines:

Archaeological Remote Sensing
Archaeological Geophysical Prospection
Archaeological Interpretation, Spatial Analysis & Virtual Archaeology