Tobias DUCZEK | Samantha SEITHE | Dina JÄGER | Susanne SCHUMACHER
(Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany)

Keywords: aerial archaeology, flying-documentation, opportunities

This is just one word which makes you dream. But in case of archaeological studies this is a word full of opportunities. The challenge for most archaeologists is not the flying itself, it’s to see things on the ground and in the fields, except from the crop circles which we all know from some bored farmers.
However, there are, as far as I know, two teachers at university for aerial archaeology in Europe. So just in Bochum and Vienna you can take a look into this airy subject. And because this is so rare we want to show you how Dr. Song from the Ruhr-University of Bochum is teaching his students.
We will show the theoretical part of archaeology and flying-documentation and the practical part in which both theoretical things will be combined to an airy journey through the full spectrum of time periods; from the stone age to the modern era. And especially here it is all about knowing the things you are searching for. If you don’t know them, you will not see or find them.
And in this case, we are proud to be taught by Dr. Song, a pupil of one of Germany’s pioneers in aerial archaeology, Otto Braasch. So we have the best conditions to get up in the air.