3D archaeology

By | February 22, 2017
3D image of excavated Roman home.

(University of Michigan Press)

Biographies often explore the lives of great men and women, but how should we publish the memoir of a great building? And how might archaeologists write a narrative of that building for the public to more easily interact with? A new digital publication from the University of Michigan Press and its accompanying online archaeological object database answers these questions by presenting a 3D reconstruction of the lifecycle of a Roman house from the ancient Latin city of Gabii, near Rome. Since 2009, the site has been excavated by the Gabii Project, directed by Nicola Terrenato, a professor of Roman Studies with LSA. The project’s commitment to on-site tablet use and 3D modeling provides a unique look into the structure, while also setting down best practices for this approach. The e-publication also underscores the value of open source tools in the field of archaeology for disseminating, preserving, and publishing data.

(Updated March 22, 2017 to include additional link to a new story release from Michigan News.)

Author: News Staff

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