Drones deployed to map Scottish islands


A drone has been used to map islands in Scotland to provide a new perspective to archaeologists working on them.

The fixed wing drone was used to gather data from Canna and Sanday, islands located in the Small Isles off the North West coast of Scotland.

Commissioned by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), the drone data will be used to provide extensive information on the shape and extent of the turf and stone structures such as settlement mounds, shielings and hut circles.

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According to a report from the BBC, the NTS employed Geo Geo to undertake the topographic modelling of the islands.

Discussing the work, Derek Alexander, head of archaeology at NTS, told the BBC: “We are really excited about this project. We are keen to see the first results of the drone photography and modelling.

He added: “While we already have quite a good map showing the location of the numerous archaeological sites on Canna and Sanday, this new work will provide us with detailed imagery of each of the sites – many of which are defined as low mounds.”

The work was funded by grants from NTS members’ centres in London, Angus and Argyll.

Earlier this year, nature bodies in Scotland used drones to carry out environmental work.

Read more on that story here:

Nature bodies in Scotland use high-tech drone to aid environmental maintenance work

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