And don’t forget there are a whole series of talks, opportunities to speak to some real life archaeologists and a flying demonstration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), all on this Saturday afternoon (21st July).
Following on from my last post, I’ve posted my presentation given at this years CAA UK conference to Slideshare. The subject was the use of terrestrial and airborne laser scanning in heritage contexts and made use of a number of case studies from work, which will shortly be published on the Wessex Archaeology computing blog in more detail. Continue reading
Key weapons in the armoury of the 21st century archaeogeomancer include some rather magical satellite and laser based devices, which I often talk about. These fantastic devices allow archaeologists to take GIS data out into the field and record new data all with minute precision. Archaeologists have long used survey techniques and these are just the latest developments in the tools we have available. Of course, we still use measuring tapes and dumpy levels but the GNSS, laser scanners and total stations combined with these tools gives archaeologists an amazing array of tools to work with spatial data.
There’s a full account of the history of surveying techniques in archaeology over on the Wessex Archaeology computing blog, here and my talk on these technologies is below:
Some of my colleagues and I were recently interviewed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology about our work and a video to accompany the magazine article is now online as reported by Wessex Archaeology.
I spoke about GIS, survey techniques and laser scanning and the online video includes some footage of a castle scan I’m currently working on. This footage of the laser scan data is a preliminary version of something that will shortly be available on the Wessex Archaeology website as part of some webpages relating to that project. There will be more on this here and over at the Wessex Archaeology blogs.
Laser scanning is becoming increasingly important as a tool for capturing 3D data relating to sites, monuments, buildings and even entire landscapes by using airborne LiDAR systems. Recent projects have been some of the biggest and most detailed to date and the upcoming web pages will reflect this; keep an eye on this site and the Wessex Archaeology blogs.