Drone Survey

The increased availability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as 'drones', has provided archaeology with a unparalleled way of viewing and mapping the landscape from above.

When equipped with a multispectral camera, a drone not only sees the ground surface, but also beneath the surface too. Gabriele's drone mapped the Castronovo area from the Platani Valley to the Colle San Vitale to the top of Monte Kassar. On the top of this promontory, which dominates the region, he and Fabio found the sites of buildings belonging to the garrison that had almost entirely vanished.

An aerial photograph from a drone showing the fortress ruins on Monte Kassar.

Find out more about Gabriele’s reconstruction of the Monte Kassar fortress.