Geografie 2010, 115, 347-360

Application of the Czech landscape research experience in the desert environment to support archeological study

Jaromír Kolejka1, Lucie Misáková2, Vladimír Brůna3

1Institute of Geonics, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Brno Branch, Drobného 28, 602 00 Brno, Czechia
2Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Institute of Geoinformation Technologies, Zemědělská 3, 613 00 Brno, Czechia
3Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Faculty of Environment, Laboratory of Geoinformatics, Dělnická 21, 434 01 Most, Czechia

Received November 2009
Accepted May 2010

The landscape mapping represents a traditional activity of Czech geographers for more than a century. Czech landscape research and mapping experience supported by remotely sensed data and GIS technique was used in the Al-Baharíya oasis (Egypt, Western Desert) to construct both the map of present landscape with natural and human-made objects, and the reconstruction natural landscape map showing the study area at the approximate time of early settlement. Such products present selected sites, today mostly covered with sandy dunes, where the possibility to find ancient dwelling sites is higher in analogy with sites of present archaeological excavation.


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