Archaeologist and aerial photographer
The Zagora Archaeological Project embraces new technology. Not only is our data being recorded into the database system HEURIST using digital tablets but in 2014 a new technology was utilised at the site: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs.
The first aerial photograph of an archaeological site was taken by Friedrich Stoltze of Persepolis in 1879. The decision to aim a camera at an archaeological site from the air had a lasting impact on archaeological recording. Aerial photography is visually attractive but it is also an important recording technique. It provides archaeologists with another view of a feature that can be useful to help understand large archaeological remains as a whole. Not only can aerial photographs assist in recording a site, it can also help illustrate the wider environment that the site is situated in. For example, photos of Zagora help illustrate its position on the coastline and its relationship with the nearby mountains.