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.
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 aerial vehicles we use are: helium balloon, hexacopter, drone and photo kite. In the first year we used a helium balloon in two sessions.
The photographs covered the major part of the camp and the area surrounding Novae.
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.