Earthwatch archaeologist Dr. Ioana Oltean studies the archaeology of the Roman Empire and is working toward an understanding of the nature and extent of Roman imperialism in Europe.
Why study the ruins at Devon?
Says Dr. Oltean: “There is nothing comparable to the site in Devon, or even the western peninsula, and research will significantly contribute to our understanding of life in the Romano–British world on the edges of the Roman Empire.”
Dr. Oltean explores how aerial imagery can help demystify archaeological landscapes. She has used, among other untapped resources, reconnaissance photographs taken by the military in World War II and declassified Cold War-era satellite imagery to interpret archaeological sites in Romania. She is also exploring the new frontier of aerial imagery with lidar, which uses laser beams to create detailed pictures of the surface of the Earth. She works actively to integrate aerial data into wider archaeological knowledge.