Drone Imagery and Archaeology: Protocols for producing isometric illustrations from drone imagery in Alpuente, Spain

Kristen Doby, and Dr. Thomas Killion Department of Anthropology, Wayne State University, 42 W. Warren Avenue, Detroit, Mi 48202

Drone Imagery and Archaeology: Protocols for producing isometric illustrations from drone imagery in Alpuente, Spain

By Kristen Doby and Mikayla Swasey

This mapping intensive project aims to abstract structure dimensions, configuration, and form of farming villages and agricultural terraces abandoned in the western highlands of Valencia, Spain during the 2nd half of the 20th century. Using photogrammetric data collected by aerial drone (Mavic Pro 2.0 by DJI) in the summer of 2019, we seek to illustrate settlement agriculture patterns and develop a mapping and illustration protocol using Photoshop. While drone imagery has revolutionized the field of archaeology, particularly as it relates to landscape analysis, further work is needed in the development of methodological practices for integrating this data with archaeological work and streamlining image illustration. Our contribution to this project is to produce isometric imagery that compliments 3-D models to form clearer pictures of settlement behavior that is unobstructed by foliage and shadows in drone imagery. With this data and Photoshop protocol, we provide a preliminary step in construction of a relational database to store and interpret data from archaeology, ethnography, drone images, and archives. Data from this project will be used for the creation of a methodology to generate simplified line drawings from drone imagery and will assist in the larger analysis of the Alpuente Landscape Ethnoarchaeology Survey Project (A.L.E.S). The ALES research in Alpuente critically examines the archaeological concept of “settlement abandonment” and the degree to which sustainable agricultural practices can exist under conditions of agricultural intensification. In such a large landscape analysis, these protocols are critical and will prove beneficial for landscape archaeology as the discipline continues to incorporate drone technology.






Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Kristen Doby

Institution: Wayne State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Anthropology & Archeology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 1
Date/Time: Mon 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 2028