Bescoby, D. J. (2006). Detecting Roman land boundaries in aerial photographs using Radon transforms. J Archaeol Sci 33 (5). Vol 33(5), pp. 735-743.

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Detecting Roman land boundaries in aerial photographs using Radon transforms
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J Archaeol Sci 33 (5)
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Journal of Archaeological Science
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33 (5)
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735 - 743
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The paper looks at the important data often contained in historical aerial photographs, especially where recent landscape change has drastically altered topography. Within the current study area, focussed upon the alluvial landscape surrounding the ancient city of Butrint in southern Albania, late-twentieth-century agricultural intensification has obliterated topographical features relating to earlier land-use within the valley. However, through recourse to earlier aerial photographic images and the development of an image analysis procedure utilizing Radon transforms, a study of relic landscape divisions relating to the Roman settlement and land-use at Butrint has been possible. The analytical procedure described allows the rapid, automated detection of linear alignments relating to the orientation of the settlement over large spatial areas. The resulting data were imported into a GIS, allowing measurements between surviving linear elements to be made and regular patterns of land division or centuriation deduced. The study revealed the surviving remnants of a centuriation pattern composed primarily of twenty actus divisions, while a further possibly earlier pattern was also detected, based upon sixteen by twenty-four actus divisions. Includes
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David J Bescoby
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2006
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Land Boundaries (Auto Detected Subject))
Roman (MIDAS)
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URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/03054403
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15 May 2006