Drone-mounted LidAR survey of Maya settlement and landscape

Timothy M. Murtha, Eben N. Broadbent, Charles Golden, Andrew Scherer, Whittaker Schroder, Ben Wilkinson, Angélica Almeyda Zambrano

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We conducted unmanned aerial vehicle lidar missions in the Maya Lowlands between June 2017 and June 2018 to develop appropriate methods, procedures, and standards for drone lidar surveys of ancient Maya settlements and landscapes. Three site locations were tested within upper Usumacinta River region using Phoenix Lidar Systems: Piedras Negras, Guatemala, was tested in 2017, and Budsilha and El Infiernito, both in Mexico, were tested in 2018. These sites represent a range of natural and cultural contexts, which make them ideal to evaluate the usefulness of the technology in the field. Results from standard digital elevation and surface models demonstrate the utility of deploying drone lidar in the Maya Lowlands and throughout Latin America. Drone survey can be used to target and efficiently document ancient landscapes and settlement. Such an approach is adaptive to fieldwork and is cost effective but still requires planning and thoughtful evaluation of samples. Future studies will test and evaluate the methods and techniques for filtering and processing these data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)630-636
Number of pages7
JournalLatin American Antiquity
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2019

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Guatemala
Latin America
Mexico
river
planning
costs
evaluation
Maya
Drone
Lidar
Maya Lowlands
Evaluation
Costs
Usefulness
Elevation
Ancient Maya
Field Work
Planning
Cultural Context

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  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology

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Murtha, T. M., Broadbent, E. N., Golden, C., Scherer, A., Schroder, W., Wilkinson, B., & Zambrano, A. A. (2019). Drone-mounted LidAR survey of Maya settlement and landscape. Latin American Antiquity, 30(3), 630-636. https://doi.org/10.1017/laq.2019.51
Murtha, Timothy M. ; Broadbent, Eben N. ; Golden, Charles ; Scherer, Andrew ; Schroder, Whittaker ; Wilkinson, Ben ; Zambrano, Angélica Almeyda. / Drone-mounted LidAR survey of Maya settlement and landscape. In: Latin American Antiquity. 2019 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 630-636.
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