Ancient Merv - Sultan Kala, Turkmenistan

General Attributes
Project NameAncient Merv - Sultan Kala
Spatial DataDownload (Links to all available data types will be emailed)
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Data Types

Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
Photogrammetry - Aerial24.17 GBCanon IXUS 220HS Point and Shoot
Data Derivatives - DSM/ORTHO44.49 GBCanon IXUS 220HS Point and Shoot
Site DescriptionAncient Merv, located in modern-day Turkmenistan, is a succession of cities, now ruins, which are perhaps best known for their association with the Silk Roads. The great Islamic city of Sultan Kala, at times capital of the eastern Islamic world, is the largest of the cities of Merv and was one of the largest cities in the world in the mid-12th century CE. Today, the site is one of the most complex and well-preserved urban archaeological remains in the world and it is part of the Ancient Merv World Heritage Site. The Ancient Merv Project is a collaboration between the Turkmenistan Ministry of Culture and the UCL Institute of Archaeology, and it systematically researches the archaeology of Merv.
Project DescriptionThe Ancient Merv Project aims to research, protect and conserve the remains of the cities of Merv. In 2011 season, the project undertook an aerial photography exercise to document the great Islamic city of Sultan Kala within Merv. The data made available here was collected by project director Tim Williams using a SwingletCAM fixed-wing UAV, with onboard Canon IXUS 220 HS 12.1 megapixels camera. Collected images were processed by Gai Jorayev using Pix4D mapper software as a single tile in 2018, and geo-TIFF files presented here are the result of that processing. Original georeferenced images were collected at two levels: flying at c.52m altitude above ground level (AGL) for resolution of 2cm per pixel, and flying at at c.105m AGL for 4cm/pixel resolution. Metres above mean sea level (MAMSL) is recorded into Exif data of individual images. Also see: The images are presented here in their original digital folders, representing specific research areas of the site. Accompanying metadata table is presented in text format. Although one single tile of entire coverage is presented here, processing individual areas as separate tiles is more beneficial and the project team relies on those type of tiles for analytical work.
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Collection Date2011-09-15 to 2011-09-25
Publication Date2020-06-18
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
ContributorsUCL Institute of Archaeology , The Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes (CAAL) project
CollectorsAncient Merv Project
Site AuthorityAncient Merv State Historical Cultural Reserve
UCL Institute of Archaeology , The Central Asian Archaeological Landscapes (CAAL) project 2020: Ancient Merv - Sultan Kala - Photogrammetry - Aerial , Data Derivatives . Collected by Ancient Merv Project . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D.

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