Mapping the Mines, Part 2: UAS Application
The use of unmanned aerial systems (aka drones) as part of archaeological survey is becoming more common. This approach holds promise for visually describing the complexity of mining landscapes at a level of detail not available to most aerial imagery. However, the methods and resulting data generated with this approach require closer scrutiny. The variety of technological options available for both the UAS, and for post-processing software, creates difficulty in developing a consistent approach that generates reliable and replicable results. This paper will describe efforts to map a historical mining landscape in central Nevada, with a focus on the methods employed and the accuracy of the results. Do the 3D models and orthomosaic maps that are generated reflect reality? The results are ground-truthed against high accuracy GIS data to evaluate reliability and develop best practices for aerial survey.
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Mapping the Mines, Part 2: UAS Application. Shaun Richey, Robert W. McQueen. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441594)
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