Providing an archaeological bird's-eye view – an overall picture of ground-based means to execute low-altitude aerial photography (LAAP) in Archaeology
Article first published online: 23 JUL 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 233–249, October/December 2009
How to Cite
Verhoeven, G. J. J. (2009), Providing an archaeological bird's-eye view – an overall picture of ground-based means to execute low-altitude aerial photography (LAAP) in Archaeology. Archaeol. Prospect., 16: 233–249. doi: 10.1002/arp.354
- Issue published online: 25 NOV 2009
- Article first published online: 23 JUL 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 MAY 2009
- Manuscript Received: 7 APR 2009
- low-level aerial photography;
- aerial archaeology;
- remote sensing
Since the beginning of aerial photography, researchers have used all kinds of devices ranging from pigeons, kites, poles and balloons to rockets in order to take cameras aloft and remotely gather aerial data needed for a combination of research goals. To date, many of these unmanned devices are still used, mainly to gather archaeologically relevant information from relatively low altitudes, enabling so-called low-altitude aerial photography (LAAP). Besides providing a concise overview of the unmanned LAAP platforms commonly used in archaeological research, this paper considers the drawbacks and advantages of every device and provides an extensive reference list. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.