'Although archaeology is a field whose aim is to uncover our past (often quite literally), it is also one that looks firmly to the future to equip its practitioners with the instruments they need to do their job. Medical technologies and methods are used, as are those from engineering and criminology.
True to this idea, the Department of Classics & Archaeology at the Faculty of Arts (UM) has spearheaded a project that will add an impressive new tool to practitioners’ arsenals.
The LARSOCS project (Low Altitude Remote Sensing Over Compact Sites) seeks to arm the Department of Classics & Archaeology with a series of programmable Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, better known as drones), that could help document excavation sites, while also providing data that can be translated into site maps and three-dimensional (3D) models.
Funded by the Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT), LARSOCS is truly the sum of its parts, and has brought together an eclectic interdisciplinary team of researchers.