non-invasive methods in archaeology and precision agriculture for the valorisation of heritage and the development of productive and sustainable agriculture.

What We Do

The idea behind this action is the opportunity to develop a geo-archaeology study of the territory that combines high-resolution work on a small scale with an extensive register on a large scale. Thus, the readings offered by the sensors capturing the physical/chemical properties of the soil and plants will be combined with the evidence offered by sources such as archaeology prospecting, aerial photography and historical mapping. The ultimate purpose is the development of resources to manage and protect the cultural identity of the landscapes of the Peninsular Southwest, pursuant to European agreements. The hope is to balance economic and social development to make the economic and cultural dimension of the landscapes compatible.

Finally, the knowledge acquired is of great interest for transfer to business in two outstanding aspects. On the one hand, towards improvement and innovation in registration and information analysis methods used for archaeology actions as well as the practice of Precision Agriculture. On the other hand, the dissemination and social awareness of cultural heritage as a resource for economic invigoration in rural areas through tourism and leisure activities.

Who Participates

Coordinated by: IAM-CSIC
Participating partners: Mérida Institute of Archaeology (IAM-CSIC), Extremadura Science and Technology Research Centre (CICYTEX) and University of Évora.
Collaboration from: ZetaNIR, Underground Arqueología, Magnus Nature, Autonomous University of Madrid

How We Do It

The aim of this action is:

  1. To improve the processes of applying non-destructive methods to Cultural Heritage and Precision Agriculture.
  2. The enrichment of content to formulate proposals for tourism and cultural leisure activities in rural areas.
  3. The contribution of criteria for decision-making in territorial planning and the location of business activities in rural areas.
  4. The contribution of measures to prevent negative impacts on heritage.


Activity Coordinator: Victorino Mayoral Herrera (IAM-CSIC) |