Sunday, May 06, 2007

Aerial archaeology

Aerial archaeology is the study of archaeological leftovers by examining them from elevation. It is one of the oldest prospecting methods. It is very productive and cheap, Aerial archaeology is frequent opinion that an aerial archaeologist is sitting in an aeroplane, trying to discover archaeological sites and to take a few good photographs of them.To perform aerial archaeology you can also used satellite images, thermal images or airborne radar images.

The advantages of gaining a good aerial vision of the ground had been long appreciated by archaeologists as a high viewpoint permits a enhanced appreciation of excellent details and their relationships within the wider site context. Early investigators attempted to gain birdseye views of sites by hot air balloons, scaffolds or cameras attached to kites. Following the invention of the aeroplane and Aerial photography helps military during the First and Second World Wars, archaeologists were able to more effectively use the technique to find
out and record archaeological sites.

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