A new and very interesting looking exhibition, Traces of the Past, is taking place in Co. Galway during the month of October. The exhibition, which is highlighting the use of remote sensing in archaeology, will be displayed at the The Gallery in The Workhouse, Portumna, Co. Galway between the 1st and 24th of October ( Monday -Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm, free of charge). Visitors will have the opportunity to view some of the most iconic sites from around Ireland, such as Brú na Bóinne, Skellig Michael, Rathcroghan and the Hill of Tara.

Over the past sixty years throughout Europe, archaeological aerial photography has brought to light more previously unknown heritage sites than any other method of exploration. Aerial photography has now been joined by satellite imagery, airborne laser scanning (lidar) and a variety of other airborne and ground-based survey techniques. These are known collectively as remote sensing, since they explore what is beneath the earth or ocean without disturbing its surface or damaging what lies below.

An EU initiative, ArchaeoLandscapes, brings together experts from across Europe to promote and develop the use of remote sensing within archaeology. The exhibition aims to showcase the finest examples of their work and highlights the range of techniques available, and the science and theory behind them. It will illustrate how these techniques have been used on iconic archaeological monuments and landscapes from Ireland and the rest of Europe

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Lidar image of the Hill of Tara and Knowth passage tomb (via Arcland)


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