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UAVs at Ruwayda, Qatar: photogrammetry and thermal imaging for feature detection and site recording

Author(s): Andrew Petersen ; Austin Hill

Year: 2015

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As part of the "Visualizing Qatars Past" project, drones are being used at the Islamic Period site of Ruwayda, on the north coast of Qatar, to document extant structures and investigate buried features. A Microdrone equipped with visible light, near infrared, and thermal sensors was used to document the fort and surrounding areas. By combining thermal imaging of the site with photogrammetric mapping, it was possible to identify architecture in and around the site that is difficult or impossible to identify from the ground. This novel aerial survey methodology is guiding ongoing excavation decisions at the site.

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UAVs at Ruwayda, Qatar: photogrammetry and thermal imaging for feature detection and site recording. Austin Hill, Andrew Petersen. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395025)


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West Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America