Flying drones over the Hadrianopolis site

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 



Leave a Reply

Related Articles

Atlantic Slave Trade in 3D by Zamani project
Trading castles and fortresses along the West African coast bear testimony to one of the saddest chapters of human history, the Atlantic Slave trade. The documentation of St. George’s castle in Elmina, Ghana, in 2006, was one of the first initiatives of the Zamani project. The experience drove Prof. Rüther, Zamani leader, to initiate a project thanks to which most of the architectural sites of the slave trade would be documented and relevant information gathered; Zamani decided then to create a ...
The new frontiers of archaeology 2.0
Archaeology, although defined as science for the recovery of the antiques by the common sense, has never been as close as now to modernity and new technologies, which are opening horizons unimaginable so far. Prof. Robert Perna tells the last activities of Macerata's University for the recostruction of historical sites and explaines how cultural heritage combined with technologies can be an opportunity for social and economic growth.
Japan: Sogi hydroelectric plant 3D mapped by CyArk
The Sogi hydroelectric plant, one of Kagoshima Prefecture’s most alluring historic industrial sites, has been mapped by CyArk as part of its CyArk 500 Challenge, an international project to digitally preserve some of the world’s most significant cultural heritage sites. The Sogi area, considered a significant contribution to the Meiji Industrial revolution, has been recorded in 3D by an international team thanks to the latest geospatial technologies of Topcon, the Japanese-based manufacturer ...
3D GIS and Augmented Reality Worskhop
In collaboration with SLU, Uppsala University and Lund University, Darteq organises an international workshop on 3D GIS and Augmented Reality, being held in Viggiano (Potenza), South Italy, on 28-30 July 2015 (English language) and 1-3 August 2015 (Italian language). With this workshop, participants will be introduced to the basics of 3D GIS and Augmented Reality (AR). They will work in the historical centre of Viggiano, a small village of the Basilicata Region with an old and fascinating histor...