The Tel Akko total archaeology project (Akko, Israel): Assessing the suitability of multi-scale 3d field recording in archaeology

Brandon R. Olson, Ryan A. Placchetti, Jamie Quartermaine, Ann E. Killebrew

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Abstract

Archaeology is a destructive discipline, and, unfortunately, the majority of methods employed by archaeologists to record and preserve the archaeological record consist of two-dimensional representations of three-dimensional (3D) subjects. Recent breakthroughs in 3D technology, however, have the potential to revolutionize the discipline. In recent years, multiple software suites capable of generating spatially accurate, photorealistic 3D models with a series of digital photographs have become available. Following a successful season of field testing in 2011, the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project (Akko, Israel) expanded the use of Agisoft's PhotoScan Pro-one of the commercially available software suites-to test the accuracy and suitability of the program for archaeological applications at multiple scales. After two years of field testing, it is clear that the implementation of PhotoScan Pro in archaeology facilitates unprecedented accuracy in field recording and digital heritage management, and provides a new outlet for the dissemination of archaeological data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)244-262
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Field Archaeology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology

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