UAVs Set to Revolutionize Archaeological Mapping

This video provides valuable insight on the game changing use of unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs to cost effectively map potentially important archaeological sites.


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4 Responses to UAVs Set to Revolutionize Archaeological Mapping

  1. The statements in the video are misleading. We completed the first ever airborne LiDAR and digital air photo mission in Siem Reap, Cambodia in 2012, the airborne ops run for 7 days only and acquired billions of laser points and thousands of air photo on project area blocks encompassing approximately 29,000 Ha. The resulst of the LiDAR/DAP missions will be published shortly and the value of LiDAR will there for everyone to appreciate. This is considered a “traditional” airborne mapping procedure. In short, the data was acquired in 7 days, the first “look” at the results from acquired data took place daily, data adjustments were completed in approximately 2 weeks and the client received the ops data in hard drives within additional 3 weeks.

  2. Mario Santana says:

    This is a very narrow vision of archaeological research, without any doubt UAV offers impressive possibilities for mapping and enhancing knowledge, but it would never replace visual inspection, just consider the vegetation coverage, how would an UAV record dat from areas covered by vegetation, I would not post this video as it is very misleading.

    Mario Santana
    CIPA President

  3. Ethan Watrall says:

    I think this video might be a bit misleading (though, I could be wrong). Was pretty sure that Steve wasn’t doing LiDAR, but long range photogrammetry via UAV.

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