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Droning on a Budget: UAVs, Aerial Imagery, and Photogrammetry for the Archaeologist

Author(s): Thomas Whitley

Year: 2017

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Recent changes to the FAA regulations covering the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or "drones" have clarified their use in both research and commercial operations. This paper is intended to provide an overview of low-cost entry into the use of UAVs for archaeological projects and considerations for applications in aerial imagery, videography, and photogrammetry. Using drones for documentation and interpretation is no longer uncommon, but it has been cost-prohibitive since the previous regulations required full pilot licensing or were ambiguous. By gaining a little bit of knowledge and experience, now even graduate students with little funding can find opportunities to employ these devices on their own research projects. Some examples will be provided along with a discussion of what the future holds for UAV technology.

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Droning on a Budget: UAVs, Aerial Imagery, and Photogrammetry for the Archaeologist. Thomas Whitley. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430697)


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Abstract Id(s): 14921

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