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Kite Aerial Photography and Archaeology: Grandfather of the Drone, Ancient yet Applicable

Author(s): Andrew Owens

Year: 2015

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Summary

The use of kites in capturing aerial images of archaeological sites has been used by archaeologists in the past, but is quickly becoming overshadowed by the use of drone aircraft. Despite the obvious advantages of drone vehicles, kites still offer practical solutions in capturing aerial site imagery. Kites present affordable, durable, and easily deployed methods of capturing a bird’s-eye view of sites without the need for cumbersome and expensive drone technology. The poster is designed to re-invigorate the potential field applications of KAP in the minds of current researchers, and offers inexpensive solutions for various archaeological institutions and professionals. The photos in this presentation provide case studies of aerial site imagery captured over the past several years in Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado. The images from the studies allow for nearly instantaneous advantages over traditional site mapping and interpretation. Kites offer perspectives of site structure and spatial organization, and can be easily incorporated to provide a more encompassing view of the site.

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Kite Aerial Photography and Archaeology: Grandfather of the Drone, Ancient yet Applicable. Andrew Owens. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398392)


Keywords

General
Kites Photography

Geographic Keywords
North America - Plains


Spatial Coverage

min long: -113.95; min lat: 30.751 ; max long: -97.163; max lat: 48.865 ;

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