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Die archäologische Landschaft von Halbturn. Ergebnisse aus drei Jahrzehnten integrierter archäologischer Prospektion
Thirty years ago the integrated archaeological survey of Roman sites was unusual. The villa rustica at Halbturn was the first Roman site in Austria to be extensively surveyed. After three decades of methodological and technical advances, archaeologists are now able to apply non-invasive archaeological survey techniques on a landscape scale. Since 2011 landscape survey at Halbturn has produced a detailed and coherent interpretation of an area covering several square kilometres. The results obtained from intensive field surveys incorporating aerial archaeology, airborne laser scanning, airborne imaging spectroscopy, geomagnetic survey, and ground penetrating radar have provided completely new insights into the site and its environs. Thanks to better quality data, new details of the settlement and cemeteries have been identified. Furthermore, the fact that such integrated survey moves the focus from small-scale individual sites towards a more holistic interpretation of the landscape and reveals the structure of the settlement during different periods, is of much wider significance. This paper presents a brief overview of the results obtained from the work at Halbturn.