“This is it—the paradigm shift,” archaeologist Chris Fisher told Ars. “Just like the advent of radiocarbon dating, LiDAR will have the same impact.” That is quite a statement about the potential impact of LIDAR technology in the field of archaeology.
“LiDAR technology (helps) map not only ancient architecture,” Fisher wrote, “but the underlying landscape in a more cost-effective manner than would a traditional archaeological survey.”
Additionally, the quality of the data is better than any method that has come before.
LIDAR is causing a revolution in the field of archaeology and anthropology – I if anyone would have predicted this.