Landscape applications of photogrammetry using unmanned aerial vehicles

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

32 Citations (Scopus)


Photogrammetry is quickly becoming an important, cost effective technique for recording cultural heritage. Beyond the micro-scale of site evaluation, however, there are also effective landscape applications, with drone-based image collection allowing for large-scale survey. This combination of highly portable technology, which is not fully automated, can be used to create accurate and dense three-dimensional models at a fraction of the cost of LiDAR, and often at a much high spatial resolution. Yet, despite this, few studies have assessed the viability of this technique in regard to landscape studies. Those that have, such as Muñoz-Nieto et al. (2014), highlight the effectiveness of this technique and its ease of use. This paper assesses the viability of this technology for mapping large archaeological sites such as hillforts, providing a case study for its application to landscape archaeology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-44
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
Early online date18 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • Drone
  • GIS
  • Hillforts
  • Landscape archaeology
  • Photogrammetry
  • Topographical survey


Dive into the research topics of 'Landscape applications of photogrammetry using unmanned aerial vehicles'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this