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Geosciences 2018, 8(12), 479;

High Resolution Drone Surveying of the Pista Geoglyph in Palpa, Peru

Department of Geomatics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Thakurova 7, Prague 6 16629, Czech Republic
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Received: 3 November 2018 / Revised: 8 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 December 2018 / Published: 13 December 2018
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Currently, satellite images can be used to document historical or archaeological sites in areas that are distant, dangerous, or expensive to visit, and they can be used instead of basic fieldwork in several cases. Nowadays, they have final resolution on 35–50 cm, which can be limited for searching of fine structures. Results using the analysis of very high resolution (VHR) satellite data and super resolution data from drone on an object nearby Palpa, Peru are discussed in this article. This study is a part of Nasca project focused on using satellite data for documentation and the analysis of the famous geoglyphs in Peru near Palpa and Nasca, and partially on the documentation of other historical objects. The use of drone shows advantages of this technology to achieve high resolution object documentation and analysis, which provide new details. The documented site was the “Pista” geoglyph. Discovering of unknown geoglyphs (a bird, a guinea pig, and other small drawings) was quite significant in the area of the well-known geoglyph. The new data shows many other details, unseen from the surface or from the satellite imagery, and provides the basis for updating current knowledge and theories about the use and construction of geoglyphs. View Full-Text
Keywords: photogrammetry; RPAS; UAV; Peru; geoglyph Pista; mapping; drones photogrammetry; RPAS; UAV; Peru; geoglyph Pista; mapping; drones

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Pavelka, K.; Šedina, J.; Matoušková, E. High Resolution Drone Surveying of the Pista Geoglyph in Palpa, Peru. Geosciences 2018, 8, 479.

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