ARCfieldLAB. Innovative sensor technologies and methodologies for archaeological fieldwork: network, knowledge base, and dissemination

Years: 2022-2024

Supervision: Jitte Waagen

In collaboration with: Rijksdienst voor Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE), Stichting Infrastructuur Kwaliteitsborging Bodembeheer (SIKB), Vereniging Ondernemers in Archeologie (VOiA), Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Leiden University (LEI), Free University of Amsterdam (VU), University of Amsterdam (UvA).

Project description: ARCfieldLAB is an E-RIHS-funded project aimed at improving the quality of archaeological fieldwork and research in the Netherlands.

This is done by collecting information on the most important technological and methodological innovations of the last ten years in the field of archaeological remote sensing. Expert meetings in which experience in applying these techniques can be exchanged are organized. These cover topics such as 1) exchanging expertise within the archaeological sector, 2) sustainable knowledge dissemination and long-term preservation, 3) getting to know experts outside of the archaeology domain as well as 4) exchanging ideas among international experts.

A call has been published for partners in the sector of archaeological sensor experts to create insightful texts about their respective technology to help the field understand their basics and practical applications. In addition, a call has been published for the same group to participate in ARCfieldLAB by executing and contributing casestudies to illustrate current innovations. This knowledge will be disseminated in a publicly-accessible online knowledge base of resources and best practices.

Please read our latest blog post to learn which partners are doing what.

The ultimate goal of the ARCfieldLAB project is to share collected technology descriptions, information on the executed case studies and best practices on an online platform, as well as create training materials and knowledge dissemination sessions for those interested.


Read up on our the project idea in this, and where we are now in this blog post.

For examples of drone remote sensing innovations in archaeology, some recent projects:

Waagen, J. (2023). 4DRL Report Series 4 - In search of a castle: Multisensor UAS research at the Medieval site of ‘t Huijs ten Bosch, Weesp. University of Amsterdam / Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Journal contribution.

Waagen, J.; Feiken, Rik (2024). Drone remote sensing over a late Iron Age/Roman period landscape in Lionserpolder, Friesland. University of Amsterdam / Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Journal contribution.


A graphical abstract of the ARCfieldLAB project.