Thursday, 05. July 2007
Aerial Archaeology in Northern France
This web site is intended to be as clear an introduction to aerial archaeology as possible. We will present its principles, possibilities, and objectives, what is needed to do it, and issues that it raises.
Aerial archaeological methods and techniques are presented very simply, citing examples of results obtained over the past forty years, mostly in northern France, by one of the discipline's founders, Roger Agache. This site discusses very varied agricultural landscapes — hedged farmland, plains with large-scale agricultural operations, gravel soil — thus presenting a representative sample of the landscapes one finds in both France and in a good number of its neighbours. In order to see, you must learn to see. Thus, this site is primarily a collection of images of the many ways that the past has left its trace, of the memory of the land observed from low altitude. You must first learn to decipher these "land hieroglyphics", which at first will seem puzzling and strange.
Roger Agache, pioneer of aerial archaeology in France, reveals the methods to seeing and interpreting the terrain from above. The remarkable discoveries, coming from aerial photography in Picardy, are introduced through amazing photographs and splendid watercolors.
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