“Drone” Archaeology captures Bronze Age Armenia

“Drone” Archaeology captures Bronze Age Armenia

PeopleOfAr

A Purdue University archaeologist is utilizing drone technology to capture details and data from Bronze Age field sites in Armenia.

“Drones are a new tool in archaeologists’ toolkits,” said Ian Lindsay, an associate professor of anthropology who has been excavating in the South Caucasus region for 15 years.

“It’s a good alternative to kites, balloons or sitting in the bucket of a crane with a camera trying to visually document these ancient sites. Drones offer a detailed aerial perspective that we’ve never had before, and by leveraging this technology archaeologists can be more efficient in the field as drones give us an immediate sense of spatial science scale useful for planning excavation.”

Lindsay’s 3:49 minute video of various field Armenian sites from this summer is available online. The drone, flying 300 meters from the ground, navigated the valleys and mountains of the Tsaghkahovit Plain and Mt. Aragats region to provide…

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