Program or Course




Academic Level at Time of Creation



Bachelor of Integrated Studies in Applied Sciences


History and Geographic Information Science

Date of Creation

Spring 4-7-2018


One aspect of remote sensing applied to archaeology is through the utilization of aerial photography. Some of the first records of aerial photographs being applied to the discipline of archaeology date back to the late 1920’s. One such example was a series of photographs taken by the famous pilot Col. Charles Lindberg. Col. Lindberg, who was actually fascinated with the field of archaeology, made a series of flights taking photographs of the Chaco Canyon in New Mexico as well as Maya ruins in both Mexico and Guatemala.

Since, archaeology has become a science that can be conducted from both aloft as well as from the ground. This is conducted through the utilization and integration of drone photography and 3D modeling. With such tools archaeologist now have the ability to take a more noninvasive, broad-spectrum, and site preservation approach to historical investigation and research.

This article examines some of these new techniques and gives examples of their relevance applied to the discipline and ethics of archaeology. Through the utilization of real-life examples, the reader will gain insight into the art, science, and relevance of archaeology’s future from an aerial standpoint.

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