Back to the field!

Giannis Apostolou and Arnau Garcia flying the drone at Empúries

Giannis Apostolou, Paloma Aliende and Arnau Garcia-Molsosa reporting:

After several months in dry-dock, with work advancing only from our home computers, we can finally retake our aerial surveys! We have really missed the outdoors and the rewards of fieldwork and it is now time for us to go back to the field and acquire new data for our tests on automatised methods for archaeological survey. The main objective of our first flight was to extend our machine learning-ready training dataset of high-resolution images of potsherds as they appear in the field surface. It was also an opportunity to test our new multirotor UAVs and improve our piloting skills. We had a lovely spring sunny day at Empúries and travelled around the Empordà region. As always, our colleagues from the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya (MAC – Empúries) have been excellent hosts!

Potsherds at Empúries
Arnau Garcia and Paloma Aliende at Empúries monitoring the drone flight

Archaeosurvey project team: Hector Orengo, Arnau Garcia-Molsosa, Merkourios Georgiadis, Toby Wilkinson, Giannis Apostolou, Iban Berganzo, Paloma Aliende and Felipe Lumbreras

For more information on our project see:

Funded by:

TrackSherd: Towards an automated archaeological surface survey: development of Machine and deep learning-based methods for automated identification and classification of potsherds in subcentimetric drone-acquired imagery.  AGAUR, Beatriu de Pinós – Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND (2018-BP-00208)

DIASur: Drone-based Intelligent Archaeological Survey. 2019 BBVA-Foundation Research Project Grants.

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