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Integrated remote sensing to assess disease control: evidence from Flat Island quarantine station, Mauritius

Cianciosi, A., Čaval, S. ORCID:, Calaon, D. and Seetah, K. (2022) Integrated remote sensing to assess disease control: evidence from Flat Island quarantine station, Mauritius. Remote Sensing, 14 (8). 1891. ISSN 2072-4292

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This article presents an integrated approach used in archaeology and heritage studies to examine health and disease management during the colonial period in the Indian Ocean. Longdistance labor migrations had dire health consequences to both immigrants and host populations. Focusing on the quarantine station on Flat Island, Mauritius, this study analyzes a historical social setting and natural environment that were radically altered due to the implementation of health management. Using aerial and satellite imagery, digital elevation models, RTK and total station raw data, 3D modeling, and GIS mapping, we reconstructed the spatial organization and the built landscape of this institution to assess the gap between the benefits claimed by European colonizers and the actual effects on immigrant health conditions through the promotion of public health practices.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:109556
Uncontrolled Keywords:disease management; quarantine; historical archaeology; colonial period; medical history; Indian Ocean world; standing archaeology; island archaeology; landscape archaeology


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