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Archaeological maps will be created with the use of the latest unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)

In recent years, more and more archaeological sites appear on a map of the Planet. Experts say that in the near future, the time-consuming process can be reduced to a few minutes.

Now in Peru UAV named Aurora Flight Sciences, which was developed by scientists from the American University of Vanderbilt, are tested. The device is small in size and fits easily into a backpack. Flying machine is part of a progressive GPS-system, which also includes special software that allows you to determine the optimal trajectory and transfer the collected data in 3D maps.

It is planned that the tests will last until mid-August, after which the project managers - an archaeologist Steven Wernicke and an engineer Julie Adams return to the laboratory to fix identified shortcomings in the course of the experiment.

Tests are carried out in the abandoned Peruvian city of Machu Lacto and will be continued here one year later. The colonial city of Machu Lacto presents an interest because it was founded in 1570s on the site of a settlement of the Incas, and is an architectural monument in the form of vertical blocks, which occupy an area equal to 25 football fields.

Experts believe that a new technology will help to quickly create maps of archaeological sites. In addition, unmanned flying device SUAV (stands for semi-autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle) can be applied not only to create maps, but also for other purposes: to track global warming, to eliminate disasters.

Digital cartography and GPS navigation 27-07-2012