For over twenty years research has been conducted in the applications of remote sensing and GIS in the Burgundy region of France. This long term research project: "Applications of Geomatics for Long Term Regional Archaeological Settlement Pattern Analysis" is the work of Dr. Scott Madry of Informatics International, Inc. and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Anthropology (formerly of the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis of Rutgers University and the International Space University of Strasbourg, France).
This research program is one aspect of a larger on-going project in the study area that was originally conceived by Dr. Carole Crumley of the Department of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who has conducted research in the area for over 20 years. It involves the assistance and collaboration of several different researchers, former students, and others from different institutions.
An American interdisciplinary team has conducted research in the Arroux River Valley region of Burgundy (France) for over two decades. The team uses an integrative approach termed historical ecology, the multiscalar analysis of the interaction of different cultures and the environment over time. Archaeologists, historians, ecologists, anthropologists, geologists, art historians, ethnographers, linguists, and a variety of others have come together to try to understand this area and its history in an interdisciplinary perspective.
A period of over 2,000 years (from the Celtic Iron Age to the present) is being analyzed. The overall goal of the research has been to understand long-term interaction between the different cultures and the physical environment, including the present time. My own research has focused on the application of aerial photography and aerial reconnaissance, remote sensing, GIS, GPS, visualization, and related tools in this context. The work continues. Click on the map below for a larger view of the research area.
Project Area-highlighted by red circle
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Scott Madry, Ph.D.