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Letters to the Editor --
Aerial Surveys.
by Eric Barnes.

The advantages of surveys from the air for archaeological purposes are well known, but the cost of these is often prohibitive and facilities for flying under ideal conditions difficult.

I am at present working on an idea using captive balloons controlled from the ground. It seems likely that photographs taken from such balloons would show crop-marks and soil-marks and perhaps shadow marks if taken at sunrise (for the very enthusiastic) or at sunset. I must mention that certain aspects of this work are controlled by the Board of Trade and by Air Traffic Control. Heaven forbid that the Concorde should be brought down by an archaeological balloon.

I am now assembling the necessary equipment for the project. Has any reader an interest in the project or perhaps any experience of flying archaeological balloons?

Yours faithfully,

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