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Documentation of wooden figures in St Mary’s Cathedral, Tallinn

Since mid-November is Andres Uueni involved with a new project: Christian Ackermann – Tallinn’s Pheidias, Arrogant and Talented in St Mary’s Cathedral, Tallinn. Project leaders: Estonian Academy of Arts and Estonian Art Museum The objective of the project is to rescue Christian Ackermann – the most scandalous and talented carver of Estonia’s Baroque era – from oblivion. Ackermann, who was dubbed Tallinn’s Pheidias (a sculptor in Ancient Greece, ca.

Introducing the “Award Winning” Kieran Baxter

Last week Kieran and I travelled down to London to attend the AHRC Research in Film Awards which was hosted at the BAFTA Theatre in Piccadilly where Kieran’s Caterthuns film won in the Doctoral Award category. A still from Kieran’s film for which I modelled the Iron Age reconstructions for White Caterthun. It was brilliant to see Kieran win his category, especially since the Caterthuns were up against some stunning competition.

Myanmar (Burma) imaging

Over the next few weeks, in collaboration with SOAS University of London, the École française d’Extrême-Orient and The University of Sydney, Archaeovision will be conducting a number of different recording processes in Myanmar (Burma), including RTI, photogrammetry, high-resolution photography and multi-spectral imaging.

A Foray into 3D Printing

Now and again a project comes up that challenges me to explore a new technique or technology for the first time. One such job came across my desk recently which I thought was certainly worth a wee blog post. Earlier this summer I completed work preparing a number of Egyptian canopic jars from Luxor to be 3D printed. An example of one of the fragmentary canopic jars (NKRF). Yet to be printed, but a beautiful example of one of the jar lids (NKRF).

City of London Guildhall UAV Photogrammetry Survey

During the summer, Archaeovision took part in the UAV photogrammetry survey of the Grade I listed Guildhall building in the City of London. The purpose of the survey was to produce a condition survey report of the ceremonial and administrative centre of the City of London and its Corporation. The construction of the Guildhall began in 1411 and was completed in 1440, and remains the only non-ecclesiastical stone building in the City to have survived through to the present day.

Everything is better in 3D

Lauren Fair is Associate Objects Conservator at Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library in Buffalo, New York. She also serves as Assistant Affiliated Faculty for the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC). Lauren was a participant in CHI’s NEH grant-sponsored 4-day training class in photogrammetry, August 8-11, 2016 at Buffalo State College. She posted an account of her experience in the class in her own blog, “A Conservation Affair.

North Boscaswell Mine

Earlier this year Archaeovision completed a landscape photogrammetry survey of North Boscaswell Mine, Pendeen, Cornwall for the National Trust. North Boscaswell Mine worked for little more than a decade from 1906 and incorporates the remains of the only known Merton Furnace to survive in Britain. The mine was small-scale with 11 men being employed underground and six at surface in 1906. The numbers rose steadily until 1909 when the total number of employees was 41.

The Ethics of Dust: Westminster Hall

Last year Archaeovision were contacted by Artangel in regard to their Ethics of Dust project. The Ethics of Dust is a major temporary site-specific artwork of Westminster Hall, the oldest part of the Houses of Parliament, home of the UK’s House of Commons and House of Lords. A 50 metre long translucent latex cast of the hall’s internal and external east wall were recorded, containing hundreds of years of surface pollution and dust.

Presentation in seminar

20th November 2015. the Society of Estonian Conservators organised seminar about the preservation and conservation issues of the different materials and about documentation (“Esemete erinevate materjalide vastastikune kahjustav mõju – säilitamise ja konserveerimise problemaatika.”) in Olustvere. Andres spoke about accuracy, quality, uncertainty and error during the artefact/monument/building documentation (“Täpsus, kvaliteet ja viga.

Dev Day presentation on Computational Archaeology

Software companies often have days where developers either present a topic of their choice or get together to create prototypes of their innovative ideas. Some of these events are held internally and others, by larger companies, internationally. Some examples of popular companies that do this are: Google: Holds an international developer day once a year focused on teaching participants about Google development tools. They also hold dev days specific for Android Developers.

Computational archaeology videos

I decided to youtube some computational archaeology while I waited for dinner to cook. Here are some of the resources I found: Videos Remember the “complex systems simulation CAA special interest group” I mentioned in one of my previous posts? They had their first meeting which included presentations and a long discussion. You can check out the video here.

Deerhurst Photogrammetry Project

Work began in March in the digitisation of the South Cloister Wall at St Mary’s Priory Church in Deerhurst, Gloucestershire. The church dates it’s origins back to 804AD when Æthelric, son of  Æthelmund, bequeathed extensive lands to the community at Deerhurst with the 9th century seeing Deerhurst as being one of the most important religious foundations of the kingdom of the Hwicce, a sub-kingdom of Mercia.

Presentation of Lady of Kazan documentation project

Last month we gave a talk about possible cultural heritage documentation solutions, based on the Lady of Kazan church documentation project that we have recently completed. We have been working on the documentation project of Kazan church since the beginning of this year, and we have used a number of different recording methods such as photogrammetry, laser scanning and panoramic photography.

Björk Black Lake Digital Terrain

xRez Studio had the great pleasure of providing digital terrain capture for Björk’s recent special venue film “Black Lake”, featured at MoMA NYC in her retrospective exhibition in spring 2015 and directed by the gifted designer and director Andrew Thomas Huang . The effort consisted of capturing several locations shot for the film, including a dark, narrow lava tube cave, a volcanic ravine, an open moss-covered plain, and various set pieces on stage.

The new Magna Carta exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral

Archaeogeomancy: Digital Heritage Specialists - archaeological geomatics - the majick of spatial data in archaeology - archaeological information systems for the digital age: The frieze in the Chapter House at Salisbury Cathedral Archaeovision recently completed a rather lovely piece of work which now forms part of the new Magna Carta exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral.

Sky-Watcher at Kaasan church

Yesterday we went back to the Kaasan Church to complete a photogrammetric survey that will be used alongside the laser scan model already captured on site. Recently we bought a Sky-Watcher All View multi-purpose computerised mount and this was used on site as a test. In comparison to the Gigapan setup that we have used previously, it has several advantages, but also some functional and hardware differences what makes it trickier to use.

It’s All About The Photos

It’s been a busy time for me recently, with much of my recent work focussing upon historic photographs and photogrammetry. I have been working with the Morrab Library in Penzance to build a digitisation facility so that they may begin, with a volunteer workforce, to scan their wonderful collection of historic photographs. There are about 12,000 photos in the collection, ranging from 19th century glass plate negatives, to recent prints covering the whole of Cornwall.