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Record number 507584
Title Erosion and Errors : Testing the Use of Repeated LIDAR Analyses and Erosion Modelling for the Assessment and Prediction of Erosion of Archaeological Sites?
Author(s) Huisman, H.; Heeres, Glenn; Os, Bertil van; Derickx, Willem; Schoorl, J.M.
Source Conservation and Management of Archaeological sites 18 (2016)1-3. - ISSN 1350-5033 - p. 205 - 216.
Department(s) Soil Geography and Landscape
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2016
Abstract Slope soil erosion is one of the main threats to archaeological sites. Several methods were applied to establish the erosion rates at archaeological sites. Digital elevation models (DEMs) from three different dates were used. We compared the elevations from these three models to estimate erosion. We also applied the landscape evolution model LAPSUS with the available DEMs as basis. Spatial processing errors and effects of tillage and harvesting practices explain most of the DEM elevation differences between the recordings. Increased DEM resolution does not result in more precise or reliable erosion. The present technological level of landscape evolution modelling makes it possible to indicate areas most vulnerable to soil displacement by surface runoff erosion and tillage. Future research, using sediment and surface dating techniques such as deposit of radionuclides, heavy metals and OSL dating will provide a more accurate estimation of erosion rates and the subsequent impact on archaeological sites.
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