Flying drones over the Hadrianopolis site

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Hadrianopolis: high-density dot cloud© photo: GeoInformatix, DroneSense & Università di Macerata

Hadrianopolis: high-density dot cloud
© photo: GeoInformatiX, DroneSense & Università di Macerata

Studying the territory and its archaeological sites through drones: this is what the Italo-Albanian archaeological mission of Macerata’s University and the Albanian Archaeological Institute carried out, mission led by Prof. R. Perna and Prof. D. Condi in the Hadrianopolis site (Sofratikë) of South-Albania.

1cm ortho-photo, theatre© photo: GeoInformatiX, DroneSense & Università di Macerata

1cm ortho-photo, theatre
© photo: GeoInformatiX, DroneSense & Università di Macerata

During 2014’s excavation campaign and in the framework of the REBED project, funded by the Marche Region, flights and from-on-high video/photo shots were made over the sites of Hadrianopolis, Antigonea, Jercuzat, Frashtan and over the Castle of Argirocastro.

2cm DSM, theatre© photo: GeoInformatix, DroneSense & Università di Macerata

2cm DSM, theatre
© photo: GeoInformatiX, DroneSense & Università di Macerata

With the technical cooperation of the skilled pilots of DroneSense, coordinated by geologist Alberto Antinori, the use of these remotely piloted aircraft for aerophotogrammetry shots enabled GeoInformatiX to create detailed 3D models of the sites, models of the ground surfaces (DSM “Digital Surface Model” and DTM “Digital Terrain  Model”) and very grand-scale ortho-photos, which will be used for the study and the management of the Archaeological Chart of the Drino Valley. Thanks to Progetto Adriatico (“Adriatic Project”), funded by the Marche Region, next summer a further shot campaign will be conducted, aimed at realising pilot projects for territory improvement by Marches’ SMEs.

2cm DSM detail, floors© photo: GeoInformatix, DroneSense & Università di Macerata

2cm DSM detail, floors
© photo: GeoInformatiX, DroneSense & Università di Macerata

First archaeological data and results of the Italo-Albanian mission were presented in a workshop held last 13 March in Tirana. Minister of Albanian Culture Mirela Kumbaro, Italian Ambassador in Albania Massimo Gaiani, besides representatives of the Marche Region, the Gjirokaster Region, the Albanian Institute of Archaeology and the Universities of Macerata and Camerino, intervened in the meeting coordinated by Roberto Perna.

«This project makes evident the results reachable thanks to the encounter between new technologies and humanities – Dean of Macerata’s University Luigi Lacchè comments – and the fundamental importance of internationalisation for every innovation project: this is what we call “innovating humanism” ».

The workshop “Aerial photogrammetry surveys with drones – examples in archaeological field for the Drino Valley”, organised by the University of Macerata, the National Historical Museum of Tirana and the Italian Institute of Culture of Tirana, with the support of the Marche Region, enabled to share the results achieved in 2014 with local experts.

3D solid model© photo: GeoInformatix, DroneSense & Università di Macerata

3D solid model
© photo: GeoInformatiX, DroneSense & Università di Macerata

«Our objective – Perna explains – was to spread the capabilities offered by such technologies among all experts and professionals in scientific research, management and promotion of cultural heritage, planning and public works. Aim is to create a network of operators and cultural institutions between Albania and Italy sharing experiences and best practices».

For technical info, images, videos and news visit the page of GeoInformatiX of Alberto Antinori 

 

 

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