Digital Survey at Digital Past
Digital Past 2018 is showcasing a very exciting range of survey projects, highlighting a range of innovative methodologies and techniques for land, air and sea.
Professor Moshe Caine and Doron Altaratz will be joining us from the Department of Photographic Communication, Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, to talk about The Riddle of the Crosses. Moshe is an associate Professor at Hadassah Academic College Jerusalem, specialising in interactive communications and advance imaging technologies. He also lectures on Conservation Imaging at the Haifa University department of Archaeology, and is senior Lecturer of Interactive Design at the Emunah Academic College Jerusalem. Doron is a lecturer at the same institution and current PhD candidate. Their presentation will revolve around the survey techniques utilised in an attempt to solve a centuries old riddle – that of the hundreds of crosses, symbols and texts inscribed on the walls and behind the altar of the Chapel of Saint Helena, within the Church of The Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, ascribed to the Crusaders of the 12th-13th century.
Remote Sensing Mapping Officer at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Lukasz Banaszek, will be at Digital Past to discuss HES’s work on Developing an Approach to National Mapping: Preliminary Work on Scotland in Miniature. The organisation increasingly relies on the use of Aerial Laser Scanning (or LiDAR) for improved aerial mapping of the Scottish landscape. While the obvious qualitative advantages of data from ALS can be substantial for archaeological mapping, it also provides extensive opportunities to improve, and ask far-reaching questions of, work flows, processes and working-practices that could transform the nature of archaeological prospection. Lukasz will be presenting preliminary work carried out on the Isle of Arran, ‘Scotland in Miniature’, from which it is hoped a national strategy for aerial mapping can be developed and discussing the need both for new work-flows and a shift in traditional mindsets and practices.
CHERISH (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands) is an exciting, new European-funded project led by the Royal Commission, in partnership with the Discovery Programme, Aberystwyth University: Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, and Geological Survey, Ireland. A key objective is to increase knowledge and understanding of the impacts (past, present and near-future) of climate change, increased storminess and extreme weather events on the cultural heritage of reefs, islands and headlands of the Welsh and Irish regional seas, employing innovative techniques to discover, assess, map and monitor heritage assets on land and beneath the sea. In Bridging the Gaps, Daniel Hunt, Project Investigator, and Dr Toby Driver, Senior Investigator (Aerial Survey) at the Royal Commission, will summarise the innovative methodologies and technologies of this project, as well as discussing the benefits of bringing together specialists from different backgrounds who can apply their expertise to common problems with huge potential for knowledge transfer and training, and the potential impact of Brexit on the future of research.
Graham Scott is Senior Maritime Specialist and Dive Superintendent at Wessex Archaeology, and one of the most experienced marine archaeologists in the UK. Leading dozens of archaeological dives for clients including Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland and CADW, he has been responsible for significant work on many of the most important UK marine archaeological sites, including the 1665 wreck of Charles II’s warship London, the 1703 wreck of the Stirling Castle and the 17th century Swash Channel wreck. Recent work has included a number of First World War U-boats off Yorkshire, Kent and Cornwall and East Indiamen on the Goodwin Sands and in Shetland. Graham will be providing delegates at Digital Past with a retrospective overview of digital survey techniques used in the recording and understanding of underwater sites, discussing their development and relative strengths, as well as looking forward to future innovation.