A geological and spatial approach to prehistoric archaeological surveys on small islands: case studies from Maluku Barat Daya, Indonesia

Shimona Kealy, Lucas Wattimena, Susan O'Connor

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    Abstract

    Archaeological surveys are essential to the discovery and interpretation of remains left by past human activities. While remote sensing and predictive models have greatly improved the reach and success of archaeological survey, pedestrian surveys to develop model parameters and ground-truth predictions is still imperative for successful discoveries. Here we present the results of the 2017 archaeological survey of islands Babar Besar and Wetang in the Babar Island Group, Maluku Barat Daya, Indonesia. A total of 62 archaeological sites were recorded between the two islands; seven of which represent new rock art sites on Wetang island. Our survey results indicate the successful use of geological and topographic maps alongside satellite images in detecting prospective regions for survey. Results also indicate however that a more detailed and comparative understanding of the regions geology is required before more advanced forms of remote survey are conducted in the Maluku Barat Daya region.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-14
    JournalKapata Arkeologi
    Volume14
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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