The potential of drones in archeology
Reflections on opportunities and risks
Drones, in combination with applications such as digital cameras, can make valuable contributions to the documentation of archeological excavations and to low-level remote sensing. Due to their efficiency and speed of data acquisition, their ability to explore difficult terrain, and their low purchase price, drones have the potential to disruptively change archeology towards a minimally invasive top-down approach. At the same time, in addition to various unclear framework factors, there is the risk that drones may become a threat to the archaeological heritage.
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