The Past from Above: Aerial Photographs of Archaeological Sites

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Getty Publications, 2005 - 415 pages
Now available in paperback, The Past From Above presents stunning aerial photographs of 250 of the world's foremost archaeological sites. The photographer, Georg Gerster, has been shooting ancient sites from the air for more than fifty years. In this current collection, his subjects range from the temple complex at Karnak to the Great Wall of China, and from the Acropolis in Athens to Aztec palaces in Mexico. Gerster's photographs are technical achievements--often produced under hair-raising circumstances--in their own right but at the same time offer a unique visual history of mankind stretching back to the dawn of civilization. Charlotte Tr: umpler introduces the photographs with an overview of the critical role that aerial photography has played in archaeological research.
 

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For over 40 years, Swiss journalist and aerial photographer Gerster (Grand Design: The Earth from Above ) has taken photographs from the sky. In this splendid collection, he and editor Trmpler ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Foreword and Acknowledgements
6
Georg Gerster
13
From the Private Log of an Aerial Photographer
25
CULTURE AND NATURE Archaeological Sites in the Landscape
37
VILLAGES AND TOWNS Settlement Types
77
LIVING IN THE LAP OF LUXURY Palaces and Royal Residences
117
SEEING AND BEING SEEN Festival Sites and Places of Assembly
137
FOR SAFETYS SAKE Fortifications and Bulwarks
164
FRONTIER WALLS TO KEEP PEOPLE OUT AND IN Limes
209
BUILDING FOR ETERNITY Graves and Cemeteries
221
THE HOMES OF THE GODS Sacred Sites
256
MYSTERIOUS GRANDEUR Monumental Geoglyphs
331
GIFTS OF THE EARTH Water Land Mineral Resources
344
THE CURSE AND FRUSTRATION OF ARCHAEOLOGISTS Looting
373
AT THE LAST MOMENT Sites Lost and Saved
380
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In addition to his work as an aerial photographer, Georg Gerster is a journalist who has contributed to many books and scientific magazines.

Charlotte Tr:umpler is the head of the Archaeological Collection of the Ruhrlandmuseum Essen.

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