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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Photography: Exploring the Medieval City of Merv, on the Silk Roads of Central Asia

Author(s): Tim Williams

Journal: Archaeology International
ISSN 1463-1725

Volume: 15;
Start page: 74;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Turkmenistan | Central Asia | Islamic urbanism | Unmanned Aerial Vehicle | aerial photography

The Ancient Merv Project is a collaboration between the Turkmenistan Ministry of Culture, the Ancient Merv State Park and the UCL Institute of Archaeology. It aims to research, protect and conserve the remains of one of the great historic cities of the Silk Roads. This paper explores a new survey of the Islamic city using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle to take comprehensive and systematic vertical photographs to assist in the analysis of the medieval cityscape. The background to the research and the application of the technology are presented, together with our initial conclusions.
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