Aerial photographs have fascinated people since the beginning of aviation. Viewed from the air, new perspectives open up and contexts that are not contexts that cannot be seen on the ground. This also applies to archaeology in particular. But not only preserved monuments and excavations can be documented by aerial photography, but also ground interventions by human hands that are no longer recognisable above ground can be seen under certain constellations, which can usually only be detected from the air. This is the task of aerial archaeology. Since the beginning of the 1980s, aerial flights have been systematically carried out in Germany in order to record previously unknown archaeological monuments and thus protect them from uncontrolled destruction by construction measures.

The advent of remote-controlled multicopters and drones at the beginning of this century made the dream of flying come true even for non-pilots. These can be used to create impressive aerial photographs. This page now deals with the use of these multicopters in the field of archaeology, especially in Bavaria. Little by little, information on the technology and equipment of multicopters, on the legal framework, on possible areas of application and on the training of so-called crop marks will be compiled. Of course, many example images are also available.

The English version of this website was translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version). The author welcomes any suggestions for improvement.


29.01.2022 The contents of this website are now also available in English.
31.10.2021  The range of information has been extended by a few pages. For example, there is now a page listing all image publications to date. Furthermore, the aerial photograph findings of another villa rustica and an early medieval burial ground are presented.
12.06.2021  In contrast to previous years, the spring of 2021 was wet and cold in Bavaria, so that so far hardly any cropmarks have developed, or only after a considerable delay. A few current examples of nevertheless visible ground monuments are briefly presented on the page of sample photographs from the year 2021.
11.08.2020  The information page on IR photography has been extended by an impressive comparative image. In addition, a new page on maize has been added to the plant science section.
14.07.2020  I have summarised my experiences with the DJI Mavic Mini drone on a separate page.
18.05.2020  The page with aerial photo examples of a villa rustica has been extended with recent photos from this year.