Archaeological Application of Thermal Imagery Sensors on Drones

Today I read an interesting article on the use of drones for discovering archaeological sites. Drones equipped with thermal imagery sensors, were able to find kivas (ancient spiritual structures) located in the New Mexican desert, based on differences in heat retention from beneath the surface. The article also discusses the potential that drone based LiDAR can provide the field of archaeology.

If you’re interested in remote sensing, archaeology, or drones, take a minute and read the full article on The Atlantic’s website, here.

Indiana Jones in Space

While reading the February, 2013 issue of National Geographic, I came across a short article on Dr. Sarah Parcak who uses Remote Sensing for finding potential Archaeology sites in Egypt. Using infrared satellite imagery, ancient structures were able to be spotted, even when buried below the surface. This appears to be caused by the material composition of the hidden buildings which stand out from their surroundings. This is a topic which I’ve always been interested in, and I hope encourages others to merge geomatics technology with historical research. Hopefully this technology will bring about countless discoveries in the future, and I look forward to hearing about Dr. Parcak research in the future.

For those of you who are interested, I found a preview of her book, Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology, which you can read the first 30 pages/buy at,