Flying LiDAR on drones requires significantly less time and resources, has hugely reduced the cost of such projects and improved productivity enabling results to be viewed nearly instantaneously.
As well as optimizing the data collection and business efficiencies, UAV LiDAR is another way to preserve archaeological sites. Remote-sensing methods help researchers to comply with “conservation ethic” and make sure that any potential damage to historic sites is minimized.
Drone based LiDAR offers huge potential to optimize the archaeological reconnaissance and survey process in the mine planning stage. During archaeological reconnaissance projects data is required across a range of scales from the highly minute of individual objects to distributions of cultural materials across entire landscapes. Cultural artefacts are often extended across large spatial areas, sometimes made more complicated with vegetation and tree coverage. Such data collection on the landscape scale has previously been time consuming and expensive.