by Richard L. Thornton, Architect & City Planner
While studying the Amys Creek Archaeological Zone in northwestern Habersham County, Georgia during the autumn of 2019, I saw something odd in the infrared imagery. There was the footprint of a large rectangular structure with a semi-circular apse. It is called a „Roman basilica“ by architectural historians, but the form actually dates back to the Late Bronze Age in the western Mediterranean Basin . . . most commonly in the Iberian Peninsula, Balearic Islands (Majorca), Sardinia, Corsica and western Sicily. What the heck?
Remote sensing techniques, in particular, infrared imagery and LIDAR scans are very useful to Historic Preservation Architects. I was first exposed to the technology in 1988, when a team from the National Park Service was surveying our colonial farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley in preparation for including the property as a „key unit“ of the Shenandoah Battlefields National Park…
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