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The application of 3D photogrammetry for in-field documentation of archaeological features

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The logistics of time-efficient yet accurate documentation of archaeological features are a challenge within the context of pedestrian survey. Here we present results of two case studies documenting the use of photogrammetry under field conditions within the Great Plains. Results demonstrate the ease with which high quality models can be obtained with minimal training and by using standard field cameras and computers. Different models of pit hearth and architectural features are presented to demonstrate the versatility of model output formats in terms of their accessibility to broad audiences and the variety of display options available. Comparison with more traditional field measurements indicates the suitability and superiority of this approach in terms of time investment and mapping detail and accuracy. Combined, these efforts demonstrate the potential of this technique to be incorporated into the standard practices of academic and professional field projects with minimal interruption.

UOW Authors


  •   Douglass, Matthew J. (external author)
  •   Lin, Sam
  •   Chodoronek, Michael (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Douglass, M. J., Lin, S. C. & Chodoronek, M. (2015). The application of 3D photogrammetry for in-field documentation of archaeological features. Advances in Archaeological Practice, 3 (2), 136-152.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4074

Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 136

End Page


  • 152

Volume


  • 3

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • The logistics of time-efficient yet accurate documentation of archaeological features are a challenge within the context of pedestrian survey. Here we present results of two case studies documenting the use of photogrammetry under field conditions within the Great Plains. Results demonstrate the ease with which high quality models can be obtained with minimal training and by using standard field cameras and computers. Different models of pit hearth and architectural features are presented to demonstrate the versatility of model output formats in terms of their accessibility to broad audiences and the variety of display options available. Comparison with more traditional field measurements indicates the suitability and superiority of this approach in terms of time investment and mapping detail and accuracy. Combined, these efforts demonstrate the potential of this technique to be incorporated into the standard practices of academic and professional field projects with minimal interruption.

UOW Authors


  •   Douglass, Matthew J. (external author)
  •   Lin, Sam
  •   Chodoronek, Michael (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Douglass, M. J., Lin, S. C. & Chodoronek, M. (2015). The application of 3D photogrammetry for in-field documentation of archaeological features. Advances in Archaeological Practice, 3 (2), 136-152.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/4074

Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 136

End Page


  • 152

Volume


  • 3

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States