‐ Accidental KAP survey. A previously unknown structure could be detected after a 2008 KAP flight in the upper right of the image. The rampart's tower can hardly be seen at ground level below the footpath leading to the hilltop.
Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) is applied as a tool for documenting excavations at the Tulul adh-Dhahab site in the lower Zarqa valley, northwestern Jordan. The resulting imagery as well as aerial photos from the 1950ies are used to generate 3D models, orthophotos and DSMs by Structure from Motion Photogrammetry (SfM).
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... after the advent of autonomous camera carrying drones Kite Aerial Photography proved to be a valuable tool in the aerial archaeologist's tool kit -and it's fun, too! Another bonus is that KAP is not only valuable for documentation purposes: While shooting verticals of the ramparts at the tell's northwestern flank the kite suddenly pulled sidewards in a gust -and inspecting the back in the camp I discovered to my surprise that the image taken just in this moment showed a rectangular structure previously unknown to us (Figure 4). The structure, the ruin of one of the rampart's towers, is almost impossible to see at ground level between the rubble of the tumbled down walls and several robber trenches, even if it's existence and position is known. ...