Event Title

Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Technology for Archaeology: A Case Study of Petra, Jordan

Location

Collier Library

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Michael Pretes

Event Website

https://www.una.edu/studentresearch/index.html

Start Date

24-4-2019 1:00 PM

End Date

24-4-2019 2:00 PM

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Description

Petra is a ruin located in modern day Jordan. Petra is built into the side of the Jabal Al-Madbah mountain range and was the capital of the Nabetaean Kingdom until it was conquered by the Roman Empire. The city was rediscovered by European explorers in the early nineteenth century and has become increasingly of interest to archeologists It is believed by many archeologists that only about twenty percent of the city has been uncovered with much being buried by sand or inaccessible due to damage sustained over the years. The main issues of the site are that it suffers from extensive flooding during heavy rain as well as the damage inflicted by the large amount of tourist that visit the city each year. These are just a few of the difficulties faced by archeologist studying the site. However, advances made in the field of geography may provide much needed aid to the archeologists. UAVs (drones) can provide unprecedented levels of detail and a perspective that would otherwise require the use of a plane or satellite. Drones are also capable of making a three-dimensional map of the site. In this study, I would use UAV technology to produce three-dimensional maps of the site in order to help assess existing damage and areas for potential future excavation. (Note: this poster presents proposed research, not completed research.)

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Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Technology for Archaeology: A Case Study of Petra, Jordan

Collier Library

Petra is a ruin located in modern day Jordan. Petra is built into the side of the Jabal Al-Madbah mountain range and was the capital of the Nabetaean Kingdom until it was conquered by the Roman Empire. The city was rediscovered by European explorers in the early nineteenth century and has become increasingly of interest to archeologists It is believed by many archeologists that only about twenty percent of the city has been uncovered with much being buried by sand or inaccessible due to damage sustained over the years. The main issues of the site are that it suffers from extensive flooding during heavy rain as well as the damage inflicted by the large amount of tourist that visit the city each year. These are just a few of the difficulties faced by archeologist studying the site. However, advances made in the field of geography may provide much needed aid to the archeologists. UAVs (drones) can provide unprecedented levels of detail and a perspective that would otherwise require the use of a plane or satellite. Drones are also capable of making a three-dimensional map of the site. In this study, I would use UAV technology to produce three-dimensional maps of the site in order to help assess existing damage and areas for potential future excavation. (Note: this poster presents proposed research, not completed research.)

https://ir.una.edu/scholarsweek2019/2019/posters/30