Archaeologists using drones to capture the heritage site were selected for the first prize

Teams working on the Seaford Head site

A team of archaeologists using drones to capture and survey a heritage site was selected for an award.

The Seaford Head project is a pilot study using drones and 3D modeling to map the site to preserve it for future generations.

Archeology South-East, a subsidiary of UCL’s archeology department that leads the project, says the loss of the site due to coastal erosion is “inevitable,” but that this pilot helps record erosion early.

The Council for British Archeology, which nominated the project for the Archaeological Achievement Award, said the Seaford Head Project report “provides a blueprint for similar projects.”

Drones were used to take hundreds of photographs of the site and allowed researchers to photograph and record places otherwise inaccessible or hard to reach.

The team was then able to identify potential archaeological features in the upper section of the cliff which is around 80 meters high.

The Seaford Head Project is a partnership, with South Downs National Park and Historic England providing funding and additional support from Seaford Town Council.

The project was selected for an award in the Innovation category, where they are confronted with projects that use artificial intelligence to detect sites and augmented reality reconstructions of archaeological sites.

One of the contestants, Dig It Scotland, recreates archaeological sites using the Minecraft video game.

“It’s great to get recognition for the project and hopefully bring this and other discoveries we make to an even wider audience,” said Jon Sygrave, project manager of Archeology South-East.

The project headland site includes an Iron Age fortress and offers stunning views of the Seven Sisters cliffs.

It has seen significant cliff collapses over the past year and erosion is expected to increase in frequency and severity with predicted increases in precipitation and storm events related to climate change.



Sygrave said the project stands out for innovation due to the wide range of techniques used.

“We have carried out various public awareness activities along with our practical techniques. We are recording what is being lost so that we can better engage the public in why these sites are so special and what they have to tell us about our past and our evolving future. “

The awards ceremony will take place at Dublin Castle on Tuesday 29 November.

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