The application of LiDAR-based DEMs on WWII conflict sites in the Netherlands

M. van der Schriek, Willem Beex

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Airborne Laser Scanning or Light Detecting And Ranging (LiDAR)
is quite a new technique for most archaeologists. Digital Elevation
Models (DEMs), derived from the LiDAR-data, can be very useful to
map archaeological sites in order to get a better overview of what
is left and how these remains should be protected and researched
further. LiDAR-based DEMs can be extremely useful to conflict
archaeologists, especially in the Netherlands where excavation of
the remains of World War II (WWII) is often problematic. Using DEMs
it is possible to make both an indication of the archaeological and
the heritage value of a conflict site. The use of DEMs will improve the
prospection, mapping and monitoring of archaeological sites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-114
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Conflict Archaeology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Bibliographical note

Published online: 22 Feb 2018


  • LiDAR-based DEMs
  • World War II
  • conflict archaeology
  • landscapes of conflict
  • non-invasive techniques
  • the Netherlands


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