Aerial Photography in New Zealand Archaeology

Vertical aerial photographic coverage of New Zealand coastal districts (where most archaeological sites are found) was completed by the early 1950s.

Systematic use of aerial photographs for archaeology, reconnaissance, as an aid in field survey, for mapping, illustration, analysis and for the measurement of rates of deterioration or destruction of archaeological sites, commenced in the late 1950s, Types of site for which the medium is useful include the Maori (Polynesian) earthwork fortifications of New Zealand, known as pa, horticultural plots demarcated by trenches or stone rows, and storage pits, Photographs relying on fine relief shadows are most commonly used.


From the nineteenth century, there is potential to illustrate and analyse remains of early farming, industry, including gold-mining, and standing buildings shown in their widersetting.

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Author: Kevin L Jones

Article and Image Source: www.ashadocs.org


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