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Innovators I - HORUS

Innovators I User Partnership- HORUS

Services development for archaeological sites, consisting of identifying undiscovered or lost archaeological sites, using Earth observation data superimposed with cartography in a GIS environment, and also recognition and monitoring of illegal excavations based on comparison of validated maps and chronological satellite images.

 
Project References
 Name Innovators I - HORUS
 Title Innovators I User Partnership- HORUS
 Programme DUE (Data User Element)
 Theme Innovators
 Cost €100k
 Type Service Demonstration
 Status Completed (01/11/2005-31/03/2007)
 Sensors ENVISAT : ASAR
ERS-1/2 : SAR
Landsat 4/5 : TM
Landsat 7 : ETM
SIR-C/X-SAR
 
Project Description
 Objectives

The objectives of the Heritage Retrieval and Observation Under Sand (HORUS) project were to provide innovative services for the End-user, the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT), in order for them to analyze, monitor and control the archaeological heritage of Egypt.
Current resources and practices limit the extent to which the archaeological heritage can be monitored. The services implemented by the HORUS project provide the End-user with new techniques to more effectively analyze and monitor the areas of interest.

The first service consists of identifying undiscovered or lost archaeological sites, using Earth observation data from a variety of sources, superimposed with cartography in a GIS environment and by applying shape detection techniques matched to the archaeological structures.

The second service consists of the recognition and monitoring of illegal excavations based on the comparison of validated maps and a time series of satellite images. The products of the services were integrated into the GIS framework of CULTNAT, thereby enabling the end-user to optimize the available information in order to focus their resources.

 
 Results Automatic detection of archeological sites using a hybrid pro
AUTOMATIC HERITAGE OBSERVATION AND RETRIEVAL UNDER SAND USING A
Presentation at "Advances on Remote Sensing for Archaeology and
Project Final Report
 
 
Project Consortium
 Prime contractor ROVSING : ROVSING A/S
 Subcontractors G.R.A.S : G.R.A.S Sound and Vibration
SOGESI : SOGESI S.p.A
 
User Partnership
 Users CULTNAT : Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage
 
Contact Points
 Project Manager Alessio Di Iorio
ROVSING
Tel: +45 44 200 852
Fax: +45 44 200 801
Email: adi@rovsing.dk
 Technical Officer Espen Volden
European Space Agency - ESRIN D/EOP-SEP
Via Galileo Galilei C.P.94
I-00044 Frascati (Roma)
ITALY
Tel: +39 06-941.80624
Fax: +39 06-942.80552
Email: espen.volden@esa.int
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