Locating iron production sites in Telangana, India using satellite imagery

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Current Science, Volume 111, Issue 9, p.1536-1543 (2016)

Other Number:

http://eprints.nias.res.in/1199/

URL:

http://www.currentscience.ac.in/Volumes/111/09/1536.pdf

Abstract:

<p>The use of satellite imagery is explored in mapping the distribution of archaeometallurgical sites for iron and steel production and as a tool for potential reconnaissance in northern districts of Telangana. Travellers’ accounts from at least the seventeenth century suggest that this was an area where pre-industrial iron and steel production flourished, which is also testified by the vast amount of archaeometallurgical debris in the region. The geographical distribution of ferrous metal production sites within this landscape has been documented by integrating data from surface surveys on over 100 archaeometallurgical sites with satellite imagery. Despite the constraints that the surface sites could not be dated by archaeological excavation, this pilot study explores how satellite imagery and related experimental procedures may be used to complement surface archaeometallurgical surveys and reconnaissance efforts.</p>