Minimize PhD - Innovative use of Earth Observation for archaeological discovery from space

Date added: 27 February 2018

Organisation: FindAPhD on behalf of University of Leicester

Location: Leicester, UK

Application deadline: 27 March 2018

Project description

Archaeology is increasingly drawing on innovative applications of satellite imagery and space technologies to locate and map unknown archaeological features for a region. Earth Observation (EO) can provide unique evidence of human transformation to the Earth's landscape that can be identified by detecting variations in surface features. EO also benefits archaeological research in terms of cost, time and risks associated with on-the-ground activities such as field survey and excavation.

In this studentship, we will focus on the area around modern Hillah in the Babil Governate of Iraq and surrounding regions. Hillah is the location of the ancient city of Babylon, which flourished between c.1800 - c.400 BCE. Despite being one of the most iconic archaeological sites in the world, very little is known about Babylon outside descriptions in classical sources and sporadic excavations in the central palace area. The full extent of Babylon itself is not known, and there has been no attempt to understand the place and role of the city within its hinterland.

This studentship offers an exciting opportunity to work in a novel, cutting-edge inter-disciplinary research area. There is also the chance for the student to be involved in field work (not mandatory) to get first-hand experience of the study area.

Learn more about the role and how to apply.

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