ARCHAEOLOGICAL DOCUMENTATION OF A DEFUNCT IRAQI TOWN
- Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Geomatics, Thakurova 7, 166 29, Prgue 6, Czech Republic
Keywords: RPAS, photogrammetry, archaeological documentation, DTM, orthophoto
Abstract. The subject of this article is the possibilities of the documentation of a defunct town from the Pre-Islamic period to Early Islamic period. This town is located near the town Makhmur in Iraq. The Czech archaeological mission has worked at this dig site. This Cultural Heritage site is threatened by war because in the vicinity are positions of ISIS. For security reasons, the applicability of Pleiades satellite data has been tested. Moreover, this area is a no-fly zone. However, the DTM created from stereo-images was insufficient for the desired application in archeology. The subject of this paper is the testing of the usability of RPAS technology and terrestrial photogrammetry for documentation of the remains of buildings. RPAS is a very fast growing technology that combines the advantages of aerial photogrammetry and terrestrial photogrammetry. A probably defunct church is a sample object.