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A 'reflexive' multi-stage survey methodology for historical landscape research in Central India: fieldwalking, local knowledge, and satellite imagery as archaeological site prospection and mapping tools in the Sanchi Survey Project

Shaw, J; (2017) A 'reflexive' multi-stage survey methodology for historical landscape research in Central India: fieldwalking, local knowledge, and satellite imagery as archaeological site prospection and mapping tools in the Sanchi Survey Project. Current Science , 113 (10) pp. 1918-1933. 10.18520/cs/v113/i10/1918-1933. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper evaluates the relative usefulness of systematic v. unsystematic fieldwalking, local knowledge frameworks and satellite imagery as archaeological prospection and mapping tools for the Sanchi Survey Project (SSP) in Central India. Whilst the satellite imagery proved helpful as a supplementary site-prospection and mapping tool during later phases of the project, initial site identification was more effectively facilitated through ground-based explorations, and a ‘reflexive’ approach that included a sensitivity to local memory and the continued currency of archaeological sites in today’s socio-ritual landscape. Set within discussions on the role of the local in ‘reflexive’ field methodologies, and broader public archaeology debates, the paper stresses the importance of local perceptions of place and history in the development of a regionally specific research design.

Type: Article
Title: A 'reflexive' multi-stage survey methodology for historical landscape research in Central India: fieldwalking, local knowledge, and satellite imagery as archaeological site prospection and mapping tools in the Sanchi Survey Project
Location: India
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.18520/cs/v113/i10/1918-1933
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.18520/cs/v113/i10/1918-1933
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Reflexive survey methods, Local knowledge, Satellite remote sensing, Archaeological mapping, Geographical Information Systems, Landscape archaeology
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1567028
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