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Dissertation Questionnaire
[INDENT]Shiny assed county mounty, office lurker, coffee junkie and facebook scanner[/INDENT]
I agree that the survey does tend to lead you to "Do you want more digital stuff or more digital stuff"

Like troll I used the free text. as untill they come up with a technology that survives trenching in the rain... and instant wireless backup.. for when the 360 rumbles over you entire site record!

I like and use technology for survey. Tried it in Croatia and Jordan, where sites are linked to GIS and typology, tablet computers are linked up with GPS and cameras. it made recording a breeze. and meant no doubling up and transcription (where mistakes come in)

I now have an HTC Touch mobile phone with keyboard, survey software, GPS 5meg camera and of course online backup. fis in my pocket and is basically all I need to survey . happy. All I neeed to do now i work on an app to bring it togetehr into a package. Trouble is that everyone wants something slightly different, depending on what you are doing. !

Hope we get to hear about the survey results :face-approve:
Have taken slightly more to digital equipment on site since our kite camera survived (with minor repairs) hitting the ground so hard during the week it tore the lens out of the camera body, despite all the if only we had a better kite....
What you need is this... ooooh tasty!

can't afford to buy one.. but fortunately we are going into partnership with a company that does, who are using state of teh art photo modelling software to create 3D point cloud models of hillforts Smile only takes about 1 day on site to survey an entire medium sized (4 acre fort)

Wish I had my own though! and as for aerial imaging of the site... ! plus you can programme it with GPS coords and heights... so you just sit back!


check out around 5 mins into the video..

Me! Me! I want one of these please!
Aaaaggghhh, this computer won't open that link :face-crying:
As someone has already pointed out, didgital archaeological visualisation is more than just game-style fly-throughs; GIS modelling and predictive/potential/confidence models can and have been used in a range of scenarios, and let's not forget that even geophysical and aerial/field survey has 'visualisation' elements. Archaeology after all is a very visual discipline; imagine trying to make sense of a report without plans, sections, artefact illustrations or photos. Digital recording is just the next step...

In fact I did a similar MA dissertation, (with questionnaire, but alas not via BAJR) in about 1999 at Leicester Uni...may be interesting to compare and contrast, see how things have progressed?
kevin wooldridge Wrote:BRahn: I'd be interested in some examples of where it has been used as a 'research tool' which I guess you mean it has analytical value above and beyond the pure visualisation. I have seen laser scanning and 3d projections from laser scans used as a conservation tool, particulaly in monitoring displacement in standing buildings and monuments, but that to my mind is as a measurement rather than as a research tool. Always happy to hear about something new though.....
I'd add that the above cave survey is not the only one of its type.

Just off the top of my head, I've seen stereo photogrammetry of carved rock art, statistical classification/typology of sculpture based on 3d scans of the carved faces, and 3d scanning to develop an automated system for detecting lithic refits. At the landscape level, microtopography for detecting difficult-or-impossible to see features springs immediately to mind, and there are plenty of people using LiDAR data to answer all manner of research questions.

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