Three-dimensional (3D) visualisation: the application of terrestrial laser screening in the investigation of historical Scottish farming townships

Entwistle, Jane, McCaffrey, Ken and Abrahams, Peter (2009) Three-dimensional (3D) visualisation: the application of terrestrial laser screening in the investigation of historical Scottish farming townships. Journal of Archaeological Science, 36 (3). pp. 860-866. ISSN 0305-4403

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2008.11.018

Abstract

Recent developments in digital technologies are heralding significant changes in the way we acquire, visualise and analyse archaeological data. Terrestrial laser scanners can be used to create photo-realistic virtual copies of landscapes, and archaeological features, and offer the potential to improve our understanding of three-dimensional (3D) spatial relationships at study sites. Here we present a methodology for the integration of a high-resolution 3D site model with soil chemical data obtained from an abandoned settlement site located in the Central Highlands of Scotland. At this site, the multi-element concentration in soil, co-visualised within a topographic setting, has an important role to play in elucidating settlement layout and activity. The methods described here are also of significance in archiving sites of archaeological/historical importance where development activities and/or environmental processes may destroy remains, or where access to field sites is restricted.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: V400 Archaeology
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2009 11:39
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:26
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/107

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