Archaeology Research on Catalina IslandNovember 30 2014
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This weekend we took our quadcopter out to Catalina island with the intent of testing a new 3D printed camera mount and its ability to make a structure from motion diagram. Unfortunately the ROV was having some issues on Friday night so we were forced to leave it on the mainland.
In the weeks before we had 3D printed a GoPro mount which allows for two cameras to be mounted side by side. The idea is that we will be able to record in 3D and make our landscape models incredibly accurate.
Since the end of the Ice age, the sea has been progressively rising. This means for islands such as Catiline Island which is a medium sized land mass off the coast of Los Angleses, the area in which people once lived in is now preserved underwater. To an archaeologist, the possibility of finding ancient artifacts relatively close to civilization is a rare occurrence. The only catch is that unlike traditional archaeology, these digs sites are around 30 meters beneath the waves.
Yet, with the help of an OpenROV we will hopefully explore underwater coves looking for remnants of a past civilization. This OpenROV will also be coupled with a DJI Phantom 2 which will used to create Ariel structure from motion diagrams to predict where waterways once were. From there, the OpenROV will then be deployed in these prospective spots with a conductivity sensor looking for underwater freshwater Springs. With a little luck and some hard work we will hopefully find something.This research that we will be doing is being facilitated through the University of Southern California's Archaeology's department.