Why Use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles?
UAVs have proven to be powerful new tools for archaeologists and resource managers. Aerial photographs are used to accurately map complex sites and landscapes, allow you to identify features visible from the air, and can be used to document large-scale excavations or create baseline environmental and site data for long-term monitoring. Equipped with multispectral cameras, they help you locate subsurface cultural features and quickly and easily map vegetation. Employing LiDAR units, they map subtle features often not visible on the ground and locate things hidden by thick vegetation in conventional aerial photographs.
UAVs offer key advantages over traditional archaeological aerial imaging particularly in their ability to cover large areas at a fixed altitude and speed under a wide range of wind and weather conditions. Their flexibility and speed offer you significant potential cost savings in person hours and equipment fees relative to conventional survey and mapping techniques and other forms of aerial photography.