This paper presents an experience developed in the Hualfín Valley (Catamarca, Argentina), aimed at testing the utility and suitability of non-invasive methods for documenting and analyzing sites of inconspicuous nature. The documentation of architectural remains and of archaeological materials with reference to them has been common fieldwork practice in this region. However, this produces a partial documentation of the sites and poses important problems to characterize sites without obvious visible architectural remains. Through a combination of remote sensing (satellite imagery, GIS, terrestrial and UAV-based photogrammetry) and field survey, both sites were documented in detail with a cost-effective procedure that has allowed us to produce a more refined interpretation of the sites and their archaeological contexts. Considering the simplicity of the methods and the tools involved, we suggest that this methodology can inspire further work in this and similar regions.
Archaeological prospection. Field survey. 3D documentation. Photogrammetry. GIS. Preservation through documentation. NW Argentina.
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Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage