Aerial Photography

Aerial photography is one of remote sensing techniques using advanced, remote-controlled cameras attached to the flying vehicles. High-resolution photographs of a distant ground where archaeological remains are supposed to be buried may show different types of anomalies.

The operator of the camera during an aerial photo session

The operator of the camera during an aerial photo session

In some particular conditions some of them could appear as various types of marks. Most popular are crop marks and soil marks.

The airplane drone carrying the camera

The airplane drone carrying the camera

In Novae, we are using the different types of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). Since 2011 many photo sessions were made. Thanks to the georeferencing techniques, we were able to calibrate many pictures and to make the orthophotomaps of either already excavated and non-excavated areas.

The hexacopter over the valetudinarium

The hexacopter over the valetudinarium

The aerial vehicles we use are: helium balloon, hexacopter,  drone and photo kite. In the first year we used a helium balloon in two sessions.

Novae. The aerial view towards the west. Photo J.&J. Pisz ©

Novae. The aerial view towards the west. Photo J.&J. Pisz©

The photographs covered the major part of the camp and the area surrounding Novae.

Novae. The aerial view towards the east. Photo J.&J. Pisz ©

Novae. The aerial view towards the east. Photo J.&J. Pisz©

Novae is placed in the area covered by many summer houses owned by the inhabitants of Svishtov. Aerial photos help us to choose areas for detailed prospection, as well as to understand the landscape and its probable use in the Antiquity.

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