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Mapping Heterogeneous Buried Archaeological Features Using Multisensor Data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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Department of History, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
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School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0QF, UK
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Remote Sens. 2020, 12(1), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12010041
Received: 21 November 2019 / Revised: 12 December 2019 / Accepted: 17 December 2019 / Published: 20 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 2nd Edition Advances in Remote Sensing for Archaeological Heritage)
There is a long history of the use of aerial imagery for archaeological research, but the application of multisensor image data has only recently been facilitated by the development of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Two archaeological sites in the East Midlands U.K. that differ in age and topography were selected for survey using multisensor imaging from a fixed-wing UAV. The aim of this study was to determine optimum methodology for the use of UAVs in examining archaeological sites that have no obvious surface features and examine issues of ground control target design, thermal effects, image processing and advanced filtration. The information derived from the range of sensors used in this study enabled interpretation of buried archaeology at both sites. For any archaeological survey using UAVs, the acquisition of visible colour (RGB), multispectral, and thermal imagery as a minimum are advised, as no single technique is sufficient to attempt to reveal the maximum amount of potential information. View Full-Text
Keywords: multisensor; ground control; random forest; thermal; multispectral; archaeology; UAV multisensor; ground control; random forest; thermal; multispectral; archaeology; UAV
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Brooke, C.; Clutterbuck, B. Mapping Heterogeneous Buried Archaeological Features Using Multisensor Data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 41. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12010041

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Brooke C, Clutterbuck B. Mapping Heterogeneous Buried Archaeological Features Using Multisensor Data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Remote Sensing. 2020; 12(1):41. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12010041

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Brooke, Christopher, and Ben Clutterbuck. 2020. "Mapping Heterogeneous Buried Archaeological Features Using Multisensor Data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" Remote Sensing 12, no. 1: 41. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12010041

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