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UAVs in Context: Archaeological Airborne Recording in a National Body of Survey and Record

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Historic Environment Scotland, John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 9NX, UK
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School of GeoSciences, Crew Building, University of Edinburgh, Alexander Crum Brown Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FF, UK
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Received: 30 November 2017 / Revised: 20 December 2017 / Accepted: 21 December 2017 / Published: 23 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue (Re)Defining the Archaeological Use of UAVs)
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Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is the lead public body which investigates, promotes and cares for the historic environment in Scotland. It undertakes a range of archaeological airborne work from detailed documentation of individual sites to extensive national programmes of prospection. In undertaking this work HES draws on a variety of aerial platforms to collect imagery, including light aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV—used throughout this paper as an umbrella term). In all cases, the archaeological questions at hand are the key driver for choice of methodology and platforms, recognising that different types of survey and documentation demand different responses. Differing strands of aerial work will be briefly described, followed by short case studies that illustrate the range of our activities, concluding with thoughts on the context of UAV work for archaeological applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: archaeology; ancient monuments; heritage documentation; airborne remote sensing; aerial survey; image-based modelling; multispectral imaging; survey design archaeology; ancient monuments; heritage documentation; airborne remote sensing; aerial survey; image-based modelling; multispectral imaging; survey design
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Cowley, D.C.; Moriarty, C.; Geddes, G.; Brown, G.L.; Wade, T.; Nichol, C.J. UAVs in Context: Archaeological Airborne Recording in a National Body of Survey and Record. Drones 2018, 2, 2.

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