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Drones in the desert: Unpiloted Aerial Vehicle (UAV) survey in the Black Desert, Jordan

Author(s): Austin Hill ; Yorke Rowan

Year: 2017

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Unpiloted Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and photogrammetry provide a precise tool for high resolution surveys of arid landscapes. In 2016, as part of the Eastern Badia Archaeological Project, we undertook a large survey (32 km2) in the remote Black Desert of eastern Jordan. Although excavation has been ongoing in the survey area for several years, many extant Neolithic structures have not been properly mapped or identified because of the large number of structures and the large scale of the area. For the most part, these stone structures are too small to be effectively mapped by satellite imagery and too spread out to be effectively mapped using traditional terrestrial survey tools. Our survey provides important documentation of the archaeological landscape and a tool for decision making on future work in the region.

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Drones in the desert: Unpiloted Aerial Vehicle (UAV) survey in the Black Desert, Jordan. Austin Hill, Yorke Rowan. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431597)


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Geographic Keywords
West Asia

Spatial Coverage

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

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Abstract Id(s): 16258

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