The quest for information on the past has been there for long with humans. Archaeology is an important avenue in addressing this quest. Discovering and comprehending habitats and creations of mankind in the past, not
only adds to knowledge, but also unfolds rich heritage setting conservation responsibilities for societies. Archaeology is more than a century old discipline and its contribution has reached many heights. In comparison, geospatial sciences are quite recent. It is true that the availability and potential of geospatial sciences in archaeology has also revolutionised its approaches, but there still is a long way to go.
Recently there have been some important archaeological advances with geospatial tools. An ancient Roman city has been deciphered and signs of a city that matches Atlantis have been unearthed based on geospatial tools. Even though such cases are happening at different places across the globe, these processes are still far from being institutionalised, especially in developing countries.
Three important approaches, perhaps, need to be taken up to actually add on to the shovels, trowels, paper maps and brushes. Firstly, there needs to be aggregation of the various disparate, yet exciting cases onto a common platform for sharing and dissemination. Secondly, dedicated and categorical efforts of capacity building in relevant departments and agencies in this domain to raise awareness and add on to existing knowledge base is critical. Finally, policy level intervention that initiates research, investment and mandates to inculcate these new tools are also requisite.
There is a vast repository of knowledge, heritage and opportunities lying unearthed.
Let us unearth it… and this time geospatially!