Our archaeological field school has been at the forefront of using newer and developing technologies. At Kilteasheen we used 3D scanning using a Trimble 3D scanner to create topograhical landscapes. Surveying was completed with traditional total stations and high accuracy TrImble handheld GPS systems.
Students are trained and use geophysical surveying tools such as magnetic susceptibility meters, electrical resistance meters, and ground penetrating radar.
In 2013, in cooperation with Parks School of Aviation at Saint Louis University, we will be deploying a purpose-built quad copter that carries a 15mp camera in addition to an infrared camera. Photos taken with the quad will be used for topographical reconstruction and assessment of monument heights out of regular reach. Within the next two to three years we hope to include micro-lidar with this sensor suite. The quad is equiped with onboard stabilizers and camera gimbles, and can be fully automated.
We are also pleased to announce that we will be using a newly developed handheld XRF system that can readily detect chemical composition of soil and stone…including lighter elements that have up to recently been more difficult to analyze. We will be using this to compare susceptibility readings in order to define spaces outside of monuments and to trace the origins of stone at castles and churches in north Roscommon.
2013 is going to be an exciting year!