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Thermography can be a valuable tool for archaeological surveys, offering insights into the subsurface features and providing information that might be otherwise invisible or difficult to detect. Correct interpretation of thermographic data requires expertise in both thermography and archaeology. Collaboration between archaeologists and thermography specialists is crucial to ensure accurate interpretation and effective integration of thermographic surveys into the broader archaeological research and conservation practices.


  • Identify subsurface archaeological features, such as buried structures or artifacts, by detecting thermal anomalies.
  • Reveal hidden structures or variations in soil composition that indicate archaeological remains.
  • Perform large scale site scans using aerial or drone-mounted therml cameras.
  • Identify variations in soil temperature caused by differences in composition, moisture content, or buried features. Locate features such as walls, foundations, or ditches.
  • Identify potential excavation targets and guide the placement of trenches or test pits.
  • Optimize excavation strategies, ensuring targeted and efficient excavation.
  • Identify buried features that may be missed or obscured by other excavation methods. Detect subsurface disturbances caused by looting or unauthorized digging.
  • Inform preservation planning by identifying areas of differential heating or moisture accumulation. Mitigate potential risks such as areas prone to erosion, subsidence, or the deterioration of buried structures.