Dr. Dan Macchiarella
Researchers can use small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), also known as drones, to make observations of historical sites, help interpret locations, and make new discoveries that may not be visible to the naked eye. A student team from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University gathered data for historical site documentation in New Mexico using the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2, DJI Mavic Pro 2, DJI M210 and DJI M600, and senseFly eBee. Utilizing these drones, student analysts were able to take the data gathered and create georectified orthomosaic images and 3D virtual objects. At Tularosa Canyon, at a site known as the Creekside Village, work aimed at imaging an amphitheater like structure (i.e., kiva) that dates back to 600 AD. The team used photogrammetry and LiDAR to determine the location of other manmade structures at the same location. Images were processed with Pix4Dmapper Pro. Team members generated LiDAR point clouds and post processed data in search of undiscovered features and structures.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Daytona Beach, FL USA
Scholarly Commons Citation
Bates-Domingo, I., Gates, A., Hunter, P., Neal, B., Snowden, K., & Webster, D. (2021). Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Archaeology Using Photogrammetry and LiDAR in Southwestern United States. , (). Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/study-america/1