Archaeoptics operate primarily within the archaeological and heritage sectors offering high-quality, 3D laser scanning services for digital recording, reconstruction and presentation. The technique of 3D laser scanning is explained and the accuracy of the method used by Archaeoptics presented. Archaeoptics are also developing the Archaeological Sites Database, project to develop a dynamically extensible database containing up-to-date and accurate information on various groups of archaeological site. A variety of software, papers, GPS data, movies and 3D models are available for downloading.
The website of the professional body for archaeological illustrators provides information about the work of the organisation which represents the interests and professional standards of archaeologists engaged in field recording, building surveys, excavation plans, drawing artefacts, interpretative artwork and graphics. Information is provided on membership details, job vacancies, conferences and other relevant events. A gallery of thumbnail images displays a sample of the work of some of the members of the Association, The archive of the Association's newsletters from 1997 to 2005 is available online, and a small selection of out-of-print technical papers can be downloaded as PDF files. A publications list provides details of printed papers available for purchase from the Association.
Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project is an online collection of digital photographs and measurements based on a large marble street plan of the ancient city, completed around the start of the third century AD. Parts of it survive in numerous fragments, the assembly of which into a coherent 'jigsaw' has long challenged archaeologists. Stanford University's Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project has collected high definition digital photographs and computer measurements of the 1186 surviving fragments (these may be viewed here) and is now aiming to develop computer algorithms that might help to establish a more useful searchable version of the map. The user interface for the selection from Stanford's database which been made so far is available online. This site, though, is the news page for the technical side of the project. It contains a detailed description of the process which the Stanford team is developing, which will be of interest to those who seek to bring the latest technology to bear on ancient problems. The site also offers background information on the original map itself, as well as a detailed annotated bibliography of relevant reference works. There are also useful press reports and news updates about the progress of the project.
This AHRC-funded resource presents a collection of twenty-three silkscreen prints by Douglas Howcroft Mazonowicz . These prints are copies of pre-historic rock art from key sites in France, Spain, Algeria and of Etruscan tomb murals. These offer a useful supplement the now largely inaccessible or faded originals.
This Web page provides users with free access to an add-on 'layer' for use in the free Google Earth software. Loading this layer inside Google Earth gives users a... "free accurate model of Ancient Rome in the year 320 A.D. The model contains 3D terrain contours and 6,700 3D buildings". A relatively powerful modern PC is required to run the Ancient Rome layer inside Google Earth. The 3D models are... "based on a physical model of the city called the... 'Plastico di Roma Antica' created by archaeologists and model-makers from 1933 to 1974 and housed in a special gallery in the Museum of Roman Civilization in Rome. 3D digital models were created based on scans of the physical model." Buildings are labelled, and two hundred of the most important buildings are modelled with a high level of historically-accurate detail. Users can enter the interior of selected buildings. Users can zoom in, tilt, and create "fly-through" videos of the model using either Google Earth's 'Pro' version or the basic version of Google Earth and free third-party video-capture tools such as FRAPS. This 3D city model will be an important resource for understanding the scope and nature of Ancient Rome's topography and urban structure. It also acts as an exemplar for the authentic online recreation of historic cities in 3D via personal computers. The Web page is available in a wide variety of languages other than English.
This is a personal blog by Peter Chasseaud, an expert on Trench Maps from the First World War, who has written a number of works on the Great War. He is also the 'Artist in Residence' for the Plugstreet project, (the excavation of the battlefield around Messines, Belgium). The blog is an interesting result of the application of aerial photography and landscape archaeology maintaining artistic awareness. The poignant networks of WWI trenches become examples of modern art. Although the idea has its merits, the blog is infrequently updated, and sadly at the time of review it appeared abandoned. Old posts and pictures remain. Students in particular may find this website useful, especially as a stimulus to combine disciplines in their approaches to any field.
Trajan's Column is an online collection of images and background material on the Roman monument, a 100 foot stone column recording the military victories of the Roman Emperor Trajan (reigned 98-117 CE) over the Dacians and the Germans in the second century CE,which is one of the most remarkable and best preserved survivals of monumental art from classical antiquity. This website provides a searchable database of over 500 images focusing on various aspects of the design and execution of the column's sculptural decoration as well as several introductory essays on the historical background, subject matter and wider physical context of the monument within the Forum of Trajan in Rome, presented throughout within a hypertext medium. This highly user-friendly resource is designed to be accessible to individuals at varying levels of knowledge and experience of the subject. An elaborate search engine allows you to explore highly specific aspects of the monument while Claudio Martini's interactive cartoon of the entire column provides an excellent introduction to the overall design and layout of the monument and contextualises the individual details provided by the database of images. The site can also be explored through the use of indices organised according to: subject; sculptural technique; and scene number or location. The high quality images (slides and drawings) were generated by sculptor Peter Rockwell, over the course of his study of Roman stone-carving practices, and can be viewed at three different resolutions. Technical information on all the imaging and programming details (including the programming code) is also provided. This detailed, stimulating and attractively presented website will interest archaeologists and classicists as well as art and military historians at many levels from the general public and novice undergraduate to the more experienced researcher.