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Archaeological remote sensing

Some community engagement in Ireland
WithBarton Kevin, Curley Daniel

This chapter outlines progress on a number of case studies at different stages in their project development. They all have the common theme of communities using archaeological remote sensing to explore and harness their cultural heritage, to the ultimate gain of the local area as a result. Remote sensing techniques provide a non-invasive, non-destructive means of investigating the topography of the ground surface and or sub-surface features which may be interpreted to indicate hidden or buried archaeology. Multiple-technique remote sensing using different platforms to survey at different landscape scales is well-established internationally. For primary school pupils the most accessible and cost effective introduction to remote sensing fieldwork is Kite Aerial Photography (KAP). Transition Year secondary school students at Balla Secondary School, County Mayo, took part in KAP and ground remote sensing surveys. Remote sensing techniques offered the possibility of a cross-curriculum project which interested both teachers and students in the school.