Drone Services for Archaeology
Drones provide a useful low-level aerial platform for recording landscapes, archaeological sites, and historic buildings and monuments. They carry a wide variety of sensors including visible light (RGB), thermal, multi/hyperspectral, and laser sensors. Drones provide dramatic illustrative photographs of sites not easily visible at ground level (e.g., geoglyphs). Drone collected data are used to create records for survey and conservation efforts with survey-grade accuracy.
SEAKdrones has a fleet of drones and sensors that are used for high resolution, low-altitude aerial photography, site documentation, condition assessments, survey-grade mapping, 3D modeling, 3600 panorama modeling, multispectral surveys, RGB and thermal site and landscape surveys, and historic building assessments. We are also experienced in managing or working drones in archaeological sites.
Our Drone Products for Nevada Paleo Indian Site
SEAKdrones completed field investigations in remote areas of Nevada for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management. Deliverables include 3D virtual models (digital preservation and interactive presentations) of petroglyph panels, aerial imagery of Paleoindian sites, low-altitude mapping of Paleoindian geoglyphs, and digital elevation model of archaeological sites. See our article on this archaeological project. The following images are from the Paleo Indian Site
Data. RGB (visible light), thermal (infrared), multispectral (visible, blue, green, red, red edge and near infrared sensors)
GIS and Documentation. Drone captured data for topographic models, 3D point clouds, and 3D texture meshes that can be imported into GIS platform allowing advanced analysis workflows.
3D Modeling. High resolution (45MP) low altitude survey-grade data for high resolution 3D models, orthomosaics, and digital terrain models of historical sites and structures. 3D content can be optimized for virtual reality platforms for a fully immersive experience or animated content for interactive presentations, exhibits, and museums.
IR Scanning. Infrared thermography for archaeological site detection and documentation.
Site protection. Survey-grade data to record and monitor heritage sites as protection from vandalism and natural disasters.
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