Augmented Reality and UAVs in Archaeology: Development of a Location-Based AR Application

  • Maria Concetta BotrugnoEmail author
  • Giovanni D’Errico
  • Lucio Tommaso De Paolis
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10325)


In addition to the current use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in archaeology, oriented to rebuild the historical evolution of an archaeological area by using aerial photogrammetry and relief of archaeological objects, is possible to consider the fruition through augmented reality. By using jointly UAVs and augmented reality, it is possible to explore sites which are not often directly accessible from the user and from different perspectives, by providing various types of contextual information (3d models, textual information, etc.) and directly on site. This work deals with a feasibility study for the development of a location-based AR Android application supporting the fruition of a given archaeological site from an aerial perspective, by exploiting UAVs and augmented reality. The main contribution of the work was the integration between the Wikitude SDK augmented reality framework and the DJI Mobile SDK and led to the development of DJIARcheoDrone, a first prototype of the application.


Augmented reality UAV Mobile applications Virtual cultural heritage Archaeology 



This work was carried out taking advantage of an educational partnership with DJI Enterprise, which provided the UAV for the entire research and testing period, and thanks to the collaboration with the LabTAF (Ancient Topography and Photogrammetry Laboratory) of the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Salento, and the CNR IBAM ItLab. In particular, the authors would like to thank Prof. Giuseppe Ceraudo, and Dr. Ivan Ferrari for their precious support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maria Concetta Botrugno
    • 1
    Email author
  • Giovanni D’Errico
    • 1
  • Lucio Tommaso De Paolis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Engineering for InnovationUniversity of SalentoLecceItaly

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