Drones and archaeology

Since 2010 the laboratory has been studying and experimenting on integrated systems of documentation and archaeological research in the field through the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), otherwise known as drones.

The activities were developed in collaboration with the Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni (DIET: Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications) of the “La Sapienza” University of Roma and the Oben company of Sassari.

Together with Marco Milanese, Maria Grazia Melis, Director of LaPArS, coordinated the “ULTRA - UAV and LiDAR Technology for Remote Sensing in Archaeology” project, funded by the Regione Autonoma della Sardegna (Autonomous Region of Sardinia) as part of the INNOVA.RE programme, a development scheme combining University and Business in the form of a pilot project. (2014-2015).


  • BALSI M., ESPOSITO S., FALLAVOLLITA P., JANKOWSKI S., MELIS M. G. , UAS Imaging for Archaeological Survey and Documentation , in Proc. SPIE 8903, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments, Wilga, Poland, May 27, 2013, SPIE - Int. Soc. Optical Engineering , Ryszard S. Romaniuk , 2013
  • BALSI M., ESPOSITO S., FALLAVOLLITA P., MELIS M. G., MILANESE M., ZAPPINO L. , UAS for archaeology. New perspectives on aerial documentation , in Grenzdörffer G. and Bill R. (Eds), International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XL-1/W2, UAV-g2013, 4–6 September 2013, Rostock, Germany , 2013 , pp. 131-135
  • BALSI M., ESPOSITO S., FALLAVOLLITA P., MELIS M. G. , UAS for Archaeology. New technologies for research and documentation , in Vermeulen F., Corsi C. (eds.), Non-destructive approaches to complex archaeological sites in Europe: a round-up, Radio-Past Colloquium, Ghent, 15-17 January 2013 , Ghent , RADIO-PAST, E-publication , 2013 , pp. 75-76
  • BALSI M., ESPOSITO S., FALLAVOLLITA P., MELIS M. G., MILANESE M. , Multi-Sensoraerial Archaeological Survey and Pre-Excavation Site Assessment , in 2° Convegno Internazionale di Archeologia Aerea “Dagli aerostati ai droni: le immagini aeree in Archeologia”, Roma, 3-4-5 febbraio 2016 , 2016