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About Us

ABOUT DRONE ARCHAEOLOGY .COM

AERIAL DIGITAL ARCHAEOLOGY & PRESERVATION (ADAP) IS AN INDEPENDENT RESEARCH GROUP SPECIALIZED IN EXPLORATION & TECHNOLOGY.

The Aerial Digital Archaeological & Preservation research group is an independent organization composed by technologists, explorers and specialists in communication, logistics and architecture. We provide our technology and expertise to Historians, Archaeologists and Anthropologists, Geologists and institutions specialized in Heritage Preservation.

The objectives of the Aerial Digital Archaeology & Preservation (ADAP) research group include promoting, protecting and conserving the global archaeological heritage. Our group members conduct their activities according to the principles of scholarly practice and in compliance with local preservation laws and regulations.

WE VOLUNTEER TO PROVIDE NON-INVASIVE TECHNOLOGY TO PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGISTS, ANTHROPOLOGISTS, GEOLOGISTS, HISTORIANS, EXPERTS IN GEOGRAPHY, AND LOCAL PRESERVATION AUTHORITIES.

87%
EDUCATION

We provide both online and on-site training to Cultural Heritage professionals and students.

67%
RESEARCH

Pushing the boundaries of robotics, photogrammetry, AI and machine learning on a daily basis.

75%
FIELD WORK

We offer aerial, underwater and terrestrial surveys of historical and archaeological sites.

54%
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

We offer a wide range of unique international commercial drone services specific to Cultural Heritage Management

OUR MISSION

In the world of archaeology, exploration, discoveries and surveys always preceed the excavation, analysis and preservation work. Our mission is to explore remote areas and identify new archaeological sites by leveraging aerial and digital tools. By documenting potential sites, we raise public awareness and support scientists and local authorities in their respective missions to ensure the protection and preservation of the global archaeological heritage.

To achieve our goals, the actions led by the Aerial Digital Archaeology & Preservation (ADAP) research group consist in:

  • Exploring remote areas
  • Discovering new archaeological sites
  • Monitoring protected sites
  • Training professional archaeologists and institutions to the use of aerial and digital archaeology
  • Assisting professional archaeologists and institutions with data analysis


Membership includes professional, avocational and student archaeologists, anthropologists and explorers, as well as individuals of the general public who are interested in Heritage Preservation and Digital Technologies.

Our objectives are the following:

  • To promote the increase and the adoption of aerial and digital archaeology techniques and knowledge in the Americas
  • To promote active cooperation between archaeological groups and institutions and support archaeological research and conservation efforts by leveraging digital technologies
  • To serve as an additional technical layer to local professional archaeological groups and institutions by providing equipment and expertise
  • To promote positive views and stimulate the interest of the general public in digital archaeology and the usage of technologies such as drones and ground penetrating radars


Note: The mission of this research group include ONLY NON-INVASIVE exploration and archaeological activities. Excavations, artifacts collection…. are simply excluded from our activities and reserved to qualified and licensed local archaeologists with the agreement of recognized local authorities.

OUR AMAZING TEAM

Meet our experienced team of Cultural Heritage, Robotics and Mapping & Modeling Experts.

Benoit Duverneuil

Founder, Data Scientist, Professional Drone Pilot

Dorian Roque

Head of Education Programs, International Relations

Justin Grabenbauer

Professional Drone Pilot, Expert in Photogrammetry

Vladimir Vilde

Researcher in Heritage Sciences
PHD Student

Michael Girard

ROV Pilot, Data Analyst, Underwater Photogrammetry Expert, Educator

Lucy Mullineaux

GIS Professional, Expert in Satellite Imagery, Community Manager

Soledad Cordova

Lab Assistant in Archaeology/Anthropology
University San Francisco de Quito

Ryan Crutchfield

M.A. in Archaeology, Software Developer

Our team members adhere to the Society for American Archaeology’s Code of Ethics.

OUR LAB

Our small Drone lab has been designed to build robots and provide drone training for science endeavors. We also use this small facility to conceptualize, develop and test new drone applications in Cultural Heritage Management.

OUR OFFICES
Headquarters

313 Datura St, West Palm Beach FL 33401

Ecuador Office

Casilla 17-11-6515 Quito, Ecuador

France Office

8 allée Robert Benoist, 78610 Auffargis

Learn from 50 beginner to advanced courses that cover the entire spectrum of drone technology applied to cultural heritage.