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    Untangling palimpsest landscapes using remotely sensed techniques in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan

    Franklin, Kathryn and Hammer, E. (2018) Untangling palimpsest landscapes using remotely sensed techniques in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan. Journal of Field Archaeology 43 (1), pp. 58-73. ISSN 0093-4690.

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    Remote survey using high-resolution satellite images allows archaeologists to study ancient landscapes in regions made inaccessible by ongoing conflict as well as in regions located between zones of better archaeological knowledge. Such studies frequently suffer from a lack of chronological information. This paper presents the results of remote landscape survey in the territory of Spin Boldak ( “ white desert ” ) in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, and methodological efforts to detangle the chronology of a landscape made inaccessible by conflict. The studied region crosscuts several environmental zones (desert, alluvial plain, river, and hills) and lies within an important corridor of movement toward mountain passes on the Afghanistan – Pakistan border. Morphological comparisons of surveyed sites to better-documented examples and synthesis of data from a variety of sources allow us to draw chronological and taphonomic conclusions about three types of documented sites: fortified enclosures, caravanserai, and mobile pastoral camps. These methods provide time depth to our understanding of the remotely-mapped landscape and allow us to consider Spin Boldak as a place shaped by local and regional historical processes rather than merely as a timeless thoroughfare between more intensively inhabited locales.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Afghanistan, conflict archaeology, remote survey, palimpsest landscapes, mobile pastoralism, caravanserai
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Kate Franklin
    Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2018 14:34
    Last Modified: 14 Jun 2021 00:58


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