Festival of British Archaeology

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Image courtesy of Callen Lenz.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Image courtesy of Callen Lenz.

This year, as part of the Festival of British Archaeology, I am very lucky to be managing a dream geomatics project which has a load of associated special events for the Festival. As a frustrated pilot and a well known geek, I love my gadgets, particularly those which fly. Well, this year, all my Christmas’s have come at once.

The project is being undertaken for the Churches Conservation Trust and involves a whole range of technological wizardry. First, the team will be laser scanning two churches, inside and out. Second, we will be using the GNSS and TST to record one of the churchyards. Thirdly, we will be undertaking geophysical survey around the wider landscape, targeted on the final and most exciting component… A wide area landscape survey using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to produce a Digital Surface Model at around 20cm resolution plus georeferenced, orthographic imagery at around 6cm resolution. All this landscape data will then be combined using GIS, interpreted and transcribed and subjected to some funky multi-variate spatial analysis. Exciting stuff indeed!

There’s more information over at the Wessex Archaeology project webpage. If you’re around Somerset the week of the 16th-21st July, why not book a place on one of the practical activities being run in parallel to the main project or come along on the Saturday (21st) to see some of the talks and other events.

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