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An Archaeology and History of a Caribbean Sugar Plantation on Antigua$
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Georgia L. Fox

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401285

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401285.001.0001

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Using UAVs to Manage Archaeological Heritage

Using UAVs to Manage Archaeological Heritage

A Multiscale Analysis Approach

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An Archaeology and History of a Caribbean Sugar Plantation on Antigua
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Erin Friedman

Cory Look

Matthew Brown

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401285.003.0016

This chapter explores the use of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) for the use of archaeological investigations and heritage management at the historic sugar plantation of Betty’s Hope, Antigua. While the acquisition of low flying aerial imagery, such as kite photography, has been common practice within archaeological research, recent software innovations coupling photogrammetry and UAV technologies are providing new tools for exploration. Two different approaches for UAV acquisition are explored in this chapter: the first for use within archaeological excavations and the second for use at studying the landscape. Both have particular implications for heritage management, as the use of structure from motion (SfM) methodology coupled with aerial imagery can be used to produce an accurate 3D surface model of the site that is akin to site scanners and LiDAR technology. The important differences and limitations to these technologies are discussed.

Keywords:   UAV, Antigua, structure from motion (SfM), heritage management, archaeological excavations

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