CORONA satellite photography taken in the 1960s continues to reveal buried ancient landscapes and sequences of landscapes – some of them no longer visible. In this new survey of the Mughan Steppe in north-western Iran, the authors map a ‘signature landscape’ belonging to Sasanian irrigators, and discover that the traces of the nomadic peoples that succeeded them also show up on CORONA – in the form of scoops for animal shelters. The remains of these highly significant pastoralists have been virtually obliterated since the CORONA surveys by a new wave of irrigation farming. Such archaeological evaluation of a landscape has grave implications for the heritage of grassland nomads and the appreciation of their impact on history.
TJ Wilkinson, McGuire Gibson, John Christiansen, Magnus Widell, David Schloen, Nicholas Kouchoukos, Christopher Woods, John C Sanders, Kathy-Lee Simunich, Mark Altaweel, Jason A Ur, Carrie Hritz, Jacob Lauinger, Tate Paulette, and Jonathan Tenney. 2007. “Modeling Settlement Systems in a Dynamic Environment: Case Studies from Mesopotamia.” In The Model-Based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems, edited by Timothy A Kohler and Sander van der Leeuw, Pp. 175-208. Santa Fe: School of American Research.Abstract
Once upon a time, three-dimensional (3-D) visualization of landscapes was the exclusive realm of highly trained computer experts. The production of an oblique view of a landscape took several detailed stages, each involving obscure datasets, arcane knowledge, and expensive software (and occasionally large amounts of money). This situation changed in 2005 with the release of Google Earth, a new visualization and mapping program by the ever-expanding Google suite of applications. The Google Earth program (free download fromhttp://earth.google.com) presents the user with an interactive globe...
Walther Sallaberger and Jason A. Ur. 2004. “Tell Beydar/Nabada in its Regional Setting.” In Third Millennium Cuneiform Texts from Tell Beydar (Seasons 1996-2002), edited by Lucio Milano, Walther Sallaberger, Philippe Talon, and Karel Van Lerberghe, Pp. 51-71. Turnhout: Brepols.Abstract