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Interpreting archaeological topography : airborne laser scanning, 3D data and ground observation

Author: Rachel S Opitz; David Cowley
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; Oakville, CT : Oxbow Books, [2013]
Series: Occasional publication of the Aerial Archaeology Research Group, no. 5.
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"Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS), or lidar, is an enormously important innovation for data collection and interpretation in archaeology. The application of archaeological 3D data deriving from sources including ALS, close-range photogrammetry and terrestrial and photogrammetric scanners has grown exponentially over the last decade. Such data present numerous possibilities and challenges, from ensuring that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel S Opitz; David Cowley
ISBN: 9781842175163 1842175165
OCLC Number: 798616030
Description: ix, 268 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color) ; 29 cm.
Contents: Lasers, 3D data and interpretation of archaeological topography / Rachel Opitz and David Cowley --
An overview of airborne and terrestrial laser scanning in archaeology / Rachel Opitz --
Airborne laser scanning and archaeological interpretation : bringing back the people / Michael Doneus and Thomas Kühteiber --
Cultivating the "wilderness" : how lidar can improve archaeological landscape understanding / Ole Risbøl --
I walked, I saw, I surveyed, but what did I see? ... and what did I survey? / Stratford Halliday --
Interpreting aerial images / Rog Palmer --
Messy landscapes : lidar and the practices of landscaping / Dimitrij Mleku --
Visualizations of lidar derived relief models / Ziga Kokalj, Klemen Zaksek and Kristof Ostir --
Worth a thousand words : photogrammetry for archaeological 3D survey / Fabio Remondino --
From lidar to LSCM : micro-topographies of archaeological finds / Adrian A. Evans, Mhairi L. Maxwell and Gemma L. Cruickshanks --
Using lidar : fitting to purpose / Simon Crutchley --
Lidar and world heritage : sites in Ireland : why was such a rich data source gathered, how is it being utilised, and what lessons have been learned? / Anthony Corns and Robert Shaw --
The role of lidar intensity data in interpreting environmental and cultural archaeological landscapes / Keith Challis and Andy J. Howard --
The changing picture of archaeological landscapes : lidar prospection over very large areas as part of a cultural heritage strategy / Ralf Hesse --
Lidar in Mediterranean agricultural landscapes : reassessing land use in the mauguio / Nicolas Poirier, Rachel Opitz, Laure Nuninger, and Kristof Ostir --
Using lidar as part of a multi-sensor approach to archaeological survey and interpretation / Rebecca Bennett, Kate Welham, Ross A. Hill and Andrew Ford --
Remotely acquired, not remotely sensed : using lidar as a field survey tool / Stewart Ainsworth, Al Oswald and Dave Went --
Lidar survey in the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site / Stephen Davis, Conor Brady, Will Megarry and Kevin Barton --
Immersive visualisation of survey and laser scanning : the case for using computer game engines / Keith Challis and Mark Kincey --
The practice of collaboration / Anthony Beck.
Series Title: Occasional publication of the Aerial Archaeology Research Group, no. 5.
Responsibility: edited by Rachel S. Opitz and David C. Cowley.

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"Airborne Laser Scanning (ALS), or lidar, is an enormously important innovation for data collection and interpretation in archaeology. The application of archaeological 3D data deriving from sources including ALS, close-range photogrammetry and terrestrial and photogrammetric scanners has grown exponentially over the last decade. Such data present numerous possibilities and challenges, from ensuring that applications remain archaeologically relevant, to developing practices that integrate the manipulation and interrogation of complex digital datasets with the skills of archaeological observation and interpretation. This volume addresses the implications of multi-scaled topographic data for contemporary archaeological practice in a rapidly developing field, drawing on examples of ongoing projects and reflections on best practice. Twenty papers from across Europe explore the implications of these digital 3D datasets for the recording and interpretation of archaeological topography, whether at the landscape, site or artefact scale. The papers illustrate the variety of ways in which we engage with archaeological topography through 3D data, from discussions of its role in landscape archaeology, to issues of context and integration, and to the methodological challenges of processing, visualisation and manipulation. Critical reflection on developing practice and implications for cultural resource management and research contextualize the case studies and applications, illustrating the diverse and evolving roles played by multi-scalar topographic data in contemporary archaeology"--Page 4 of cover.

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