GIM International, September 2012 cover featuring Archaeological Survey at Sandsfoot Castle
The latest issue of GIM International contains a feature article on one of the projects I managed for Wessex Archaeology. The article talks about some of the tools, techniques and technologies used on this and other archaeological survey projects these days.
Archaeologists nowadays have a broad range of geomatics tools and techniques available to help them in their work. Whilst measuring tapes and dumpy levels are still essential instruments found on archaeological sites across the world, many projects now include Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), robotic Total Station Theodolites (TST) and a variety of photographic and photogrammetric methods. Spatial data is then handled in 2D and 3D using CAD and GIS. These modern tools allow archaeologists to record our heritage with greater precision and faster than ever before whilst producing rich spatial data for visualisation and analysis.
Well, conference over, dust settled, time for some reflection. Overall, another rip-roaring success with some really interesting talks and a thoroughly entertaining plenary from Jeremy Huggett (as blogged by Orla Murphy). Social media was everywhere this year and whilst there is still room for imrovement in how such channels are integrated into the conference as a whole, this years organising committee have certainly set the bar high for Perth next year.
A fuller review of the sessions I was involved in is forthcoming, but in the meantime, my talks are all now online on Slideshare and presented below.
The programme for the CAA conference is now online. Entitled Three-dimensional archaeology; recording, analysis and visualisation, the session I am co-organising with Geoff Avern was heavily oversubscribed, receiving over 30 submissions, which I would argue demonstrates the current interest in this field with technologies such as Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS), Close Range Laser Scanning (CRLS), structured light, structure from motion and photogrammetric techniques becoming more accessible to archaeologists. Continue reading →