• Mapping archaeological landscapes through aerial thermographic imaging

    Project Director(s):
    Jesse J. Casana, Andrew Clark, Kevin Fisher
    Author(s):
    Jesse J. Casana, Andrew Clark, Kevin Fisher
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Data Rescue
    Subject(s):
    Archaeology
    Item Type:
    White paper
    Institution:
    University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
    Tag(s):
    NEH White papers, Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, NEH Digital Humanities
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6ZW8T
    Abstract:
    This project aims to develop techniques for efficient, high-resolution aerial thermal infrared imaging of archaeological sites and surrounding landscapes. Archaeologists have been aware since the 1970s that images which record thermal wavelengths of light can reveal surface and buried archaeological features that are otherwise invisible, but the costs and difficulty of the technology has made its application beyond the reach of most scholars. This project will develop methods for collecting high-resolution thermal infrared images using a specialized camera mounted on a remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle. Conducting surveys at archaeological sites in three environmentally and culturally distinct regions--Cyprus, Dubai and South Dakota--our results will demonstrate the potential and limitations of the technology in a variety of archaeological contexts, offer guidelines for executing surveys and processing results, and serve as a blueprint for other investigators in the future.
    Notes:
    Research into the best techniques for using aerial thermographic imaging to support archeological research, with tests to be run at sites in Cyprus, Dubai, and South Dakota.
    Metadata:
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 years ago
    License:
    Attribution-NonCommercial

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