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Drones – Changing the game in Archaeology?
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:40:10 »
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Re: Drones – Changing the game in Archaeology?
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2018, 10:32:03 »
They have great potential.
Photogrametry is a massive part of modern archaeology and the use of drones makes this even easier and more effective when mapping large areas. Ontop of that you have various camera techniques for scanning the ground for hidden ruins or artefacts.

However, I recently spent 3 months in Egypt filming at several major archaeological sites for a documentary (coming to C4 soon, keep an eye out  ::) ). They would all love to use drones for their work, but there's a major problem. Drones are all but banned in the country. In fact, there is only one company (yes, one!) in the entire country which is licensed for commercial drone work in Egypt. As a result, they don't come cheap, and everything that is shot has to be sent directly from the pilot to an 'independent government official' to look over before it can finally be sent to the client.

As archaology teams are almost entirely grant funded and can't spare a penny, this is almost never an option for them. As a result, they often rely on less efficient systems, like cameras fitted to balloons, very high ladders, or cameras fitted to incredibly long poles.
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