Cultural heritage sites such as places of archaeological interest generally extend over wide areas. Those who manage such sites need to ensure cultural heritage preservation, visitor safety, security and access and need to take into consideration visitors with disabilities.
This fundamental goal is attainable by means of integrated systems and innovative technologies, such as the Internet of Everything (IoE), which can link together people, things (mobile terminals, smart sensors, devices and actuators, wearable devices), information (data, knowledge) and processes.
Since much information is needed to design a suitable IoE-based system, necessary to realize a Smart Archaeological Area, an appropriate methodology has been developed.
The purpose of this article is to report on a suitable analysis and data acquisition method based on flying drones, necessary for the design and realization of such an IoE-based integrated system for archaeological areas. To ensure practicality, reasonable final costs, minimal risk levels and an elevated level of reliability and resilience, we consider the restrictions imposed by a typical archaeological area and use it to assess the system we have developed.