Testing thermal and visual drone imagery in the field

Dr. Mustafa Nuri Tatbul (Bartın University, Department of Art History, Faculty of Letters) joined Toby C. Wilkinson, Arnau Garcia-Molsosa and Paloma Aliende (GIAP-ICAC) last week in Tarragona to participate in a practical demonstration and testing of new drone technology in the field.

Insights learnt at this event will be applied to drone data collection in the context of the MSCA project “YARNSCAPE: Ecological Economies of Ancient Textiles” (H2020-MSCA-IF-2018 840892) and Fundación BBVA – funded project DIASur (aiming at improving drone-based survey technologies). This part of the YARNSCAPE project aims to document the ancient settlement and rural economy of the Milesian peninsula, in the western part of modern Turkey. This important region of the Aegean world was famed for textile production, particularly wool, but it is unknown whether the sheep pastoralism was undertaken nearby (on the peninsula itself), or whether it was imported from further afield.  

Thermal and visual imagery of the Milesian landscape should provide new and more detailed information about human activities in the central parts of the peninsula.  New drones being used at ICAC and new computational techniques developed by the team are providing easier ways to record the surface of the landscape and hidden features.

Left to right: Mustafa, Toby and Paloma had the chance to do some tourism after fieldwork

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