The Interplay of Remote Sensing Research and Technology with the Archaeological Record

Archaeology is important in understanding our past cultural heritage. Traditionally, this is accomplished through the excavation of, and the analysis of artifacts discovered at archaeological sites. Excavation, however, is an inherently destructive process, as once a site is excavated, the original state is lost. This has negative impacts on both the cultural significance of the site and the ability to conduct future. It is beneficial to look for additional ways to study sites that are less destructive, and to preserve the archaeological site when possible. Using drones, archaeological survey can be used to gain information about archaeological sites with minimal disturbance to it. Images that are taken from the drone can be studied to gain valuable information about the archaeological site and add to the growing knowledge of Alberta’s rich cultural past.

Tammi Mills
Faculty Supervisor: 
Craig Coburn
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