My name is David Stott. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Leeds working on the DART project. Until recently I was a freelance archaeologist, specialising in survey, remote sensing, data-management and GIS. This has taken me to some interesting places over the last few years. I’ve worked in Iceland, Denmark, Qatar and my native UK. This has taught me a lot about archaeology in different parts of the world.

My PhD is about modelling contrast formation parameters for archaeological deposits in hyper-spectral data. This will involve a lot of work on the complex interactions between archaeological features, soils, land use, climatic conditions and vegetation. At the end of it all we will hopefully be able predict when the optimal conditions are to collect these data and understand what we may be missing under sub-optimal conditions.

I’m also thrilled to be part of an open science project. I believe that sharing what we do as widely as possible can only enhance the relevance, value and thus impact of our research.

Working on the DART project: Hyperspectral remote sensing and archaeology

My name is David Stott and I am a PhD student at the University of Leeds. I’m working on the DART project, which is looking at improving our understanding of how archaeological deposits are detected using remote sensing techniques. This work is important, as remote sensing allows us to prospect for archaeological features and understand the nature of archaeological landscapes. This is crucial as better knowledge about the nature and location of significant cultural heritage sites enables us to protect them by mitigating human actions and environmental processes that place them at risk.