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Speed Mapping: Using drones to construct imagery and elevation models of cultural intertidal landscapes

Author(s): Keith Holmes ; Will McInnes ; Iain McKechnie ; Dana Lepofsky ; Darcy Mathews

Year: 2017

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Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have been used extensively in remote sensing in recent years because of their low cost and ease of implementation. Mapping cultural sites in intertidal areas is challenging because of the short time window in which features are exposed. UAS provide an efficient and high spatial resolution method of capturing imagery and elevation data for a variety of cultural landscapes. We have used UAS at sites along the coastal margin of British Columbia to map clam gardens, fish traps, tidal pools, and exposed archaeological sites. Our study areas are in coastal British Columbia, including the West Coast of Vancouver Island intertidal cultural sites, the Discovery Islands clam gardens, and Central Coast village site and fish traps. The data collected can be processed in the field to provide near-real-time imagery and elevation data that researchers can use to better locate and understand complex cultural sites. The data can also be integrated into geographic information systems for further spatial analysis both during and after archaeological field campaigns.

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Speed Mapping: Using drones to construct imagery and elevation models of cultural intertidal landscapes. Keith Holmes, Will McInnes, Iain McKechnie, Dana Lepofsky, Darcy Mathews. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431577)


drone Map tidal

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North America-Canada

Spatial Coverage

min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17213

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