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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.

Copythorne RTI

Continuing with the results of our RTI project with the New Forest Park Authority, where we have completed a number of captures at Emery Down, Burley and Minstead, Archaeovision spent a day at St Mary’s Church in Copythorne capturing a number of gravestones. The church site dates its origin to 1834, with the first church being constructed due to the increase of inhabitants in the Parish of Eling for those who the Parish Church at Eling could not accommodate.

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.

Minstead RTI

Continuing with the results of our RTI project with the New Forest Park Authority, where we have completed a number of captures at Emery Down and Burley, Archaeovision spent a day at All Saints Church in Minstead capturing gravestones, as well as the church’s 12th century font. The church is made famous for being the last resting place of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who was buried in the cemetery in 1955, but dates its origins to the 13th century.

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.

Burley RTI

As a continuation of our RTI project with the New Forest Park Authority, where we have completed a number of captures at Emery Down, Archaeovision spent a day at St John Baptist Church in Burley, capturing further gravestones for the Heritage Lottery funded Our Past, Our Future project. Our involvement within this overall project incorporates community based outreach within the their Rediscovering and Conserving Our Archaeological Heritage sub-project.

Emery Down RTI

Under the New Forest National Park Authority’s landscape scheme, Our Past, Our Future, which is supported by Heritage Lottery funding, Archaeovision took part in one of the first community days for their Rediscovering and Conserving Our Archaeological Heritage project. Under their landscape scheme, 21 projects will be delivered across four themes of work, which aim to better equip the New Forest to thrive through change and modern-day pressures.

Bradley Manor Update

Work on this interesting project for the National Trust has now been completed. The project involved a detailed laser scan of Bradley Manor and the attached Poundhouse. In total, 55 scans were used to record the external features of Bradley Manor using a Faro Focus x130; 47 scans were captured for the internal and external features of Poundhouse. The Faro scanner was used due to its quick capture rate and integrated GPS.

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.

East Anglian Archaeology Reports

Archaeovision were approached by East Anglian Archaeology to explore the provision of online access to their back catalogue of monographs. This would involve the construction of a repository where all past issues of EAA would be described, made searchable, and where stock is still available, provide links to buy copies. Older back issues would be scanned and made available as an open access PDF.

Bradley Manor

Work began two weeks ago on the documentation of Bradley Manor for the National Trust. Bradley Manor is one of the most complete medieval manor houses in Devon and can be found on the outskirts of Newton Abbot. The house is Grade I listed, and with its associated buildings, structures and landscape, has been identified as being in need of archaeological assessment and survey for a forthcoming Conservation Management Plan.

Working with multispectral camera in Estonian History Museum

Today I visited Estonian History Museum together with Dr. H. Hiiop to find out some additional information about wallpainting (painter: E. Okas, 1987). To research any compositional changes (pentimenti’s), I used a multispectral camera (infrared wavelengths). But although there were some underdrawings, we couldn’t identify any important changes.

RTI Capture of a 12th century Cambodian Stela

As part of our ongoing collaboration with the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), which is a French institute dedicated to the study of Asian societies, Archaeovision were employed to capture an important 12th century Cambodian stela through RTI. The stela is an important piece of Cambodian history as it shows the only known example of the inscription work completed by the scribe but there remains some areas within the inscriptions that are hard to identify and translate.

Lubeck 1500th Anniversary

For the last couple of year we have been working in Tallinn, Estonia at St Nicholas church. The work consisted of taking photos and documenting the altarpiece by the German painter Hermen Rode. As well as working in Tallinn, we visited Rode’s home town of Lubeck where we recorded the altarpiece there. In few days there will be exhibition opening in Lubeck’s St Anne museum to celebrate the city’s 1500th anniversary.

Lübeck 1500th Anniversary

For the last couple of year we have been working in Tallinn, Estonia at St Nicholas church. The work consisted of taking photos and documenting the altarpiece by the German painter Hermen Rode. As well as working in Tallinn, we visited Rode’s home town of Lubeck where we recorded the altarpiece there. In few days there will be exhibition opening in Lubeck’s St Anne museum to celebrate the city’s 1500th anniversary.

First phase of the Haapsalu Episcopal Castle documentation project

During June of this year, Archaeovision led a project in the recording of the Haapsalu Episcopal Castle in Estonia. Haapsalu Castle is a castle with a cathedral attached and was founded in the thirteenth century as the seat of the Bishopric of Ösel-Wiek. The castle has undergone many phases of development with it being widened and reconstructed according to the development of the weapons that were housed there.

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.