Aerial photography uses advanced, remote-controlled cameras attached to the flying vehicles. High-resolution photographs taken from above may reveal something which is not visible from the ground. In some particular conditions, the crop marks and soil marks may indicate the existence of archaeological remains hidden underground.
Additionally, the aerial photography allows to obtain the accurate image of the site and its vicinity, hence can be used as a tool for planning and verification of any kind of archaeological research.
In Novae, we were using different types of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). Since 2011 a series of photographs were taken. The vertical photographs were orthorectified and calibrated in order to produce the orthophotomaps of the excavated and non-excavated areas.
The helium balloon, hexacopter, drone and the photo kite used during our surveys were first aerial vehicles used for the intensive sessions for the archaeological photography made at Novae. Now a quadrocopter is used as a common documentary tool.
The photographs taken in 2011-2014 covered the major part of the fortress and the area surrounding Novae and Ostrite Mogili.
Novae is placed in the area covered by many summer houses owned by the inhabitants of Svishtov. Aerial photographs helped us to plan the surveys and to choose the areas for more detailed prospection, as well as to understand the local landscape.