I believe that the late Barri Jones used them in Libya to good effect when restrictions made conventional aircraft a problem
--- On Sat, 6/9/08, Beatrice Hopkinson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Beatrice Hopkinson <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] low level aerial photography in archaeology
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Date: Saturday, 6 September, 2008, 1:37 AM
This technique has been used for many years by a colleague excavating
in Syria. I believe, however, that he uses baloons, not a kite.
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>The company that I work for here in Bavaria use a kite. At first I was
>very sceptical, but with a digital camera set to take a picture every few
>seconds good results can be achieved for little outlay.
>Here is a link to the company website (which is in German and English)
>with some of the results if would like to see -
>I really think that with practice, the use of kites and digital cameras
>could be a very cost effective alternative to towers or aircraft (either
>full size or minature ones). Over the course of a five or ten minute
>flight not every picture will be of any use, but it's not as if that
>cost anything (film and developing). The turn around as well is near
>instant as well - if you have a site laptop you can examine the photos
>then and there. The only drawback that I have come across is when the air
>is very still..but how often is that the case in Blightey? :-)
>Time for a cold one or eight methinks.