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Beyond Digital Dwelling: Re-thinking Interpretive Visualisation in Archaeology

Alice Watterson
  • Monumental Collective (info@alicewatterson.co.uk), Website: www.alicewatterson.co.uk, Research Blog: www.digitaldirtvirtualpasts.wordpress.com
Published Online: 2015-04-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2015-0006

Abstract

Archaeology is a visually rich discipline with a long history of utilising images across a variety of contexts within its practice. However, due to the often unavoidably subjective nature of visual interpretation, fundamental issues with its application remain problematic and largely unresolved. Furthermore, in recent years the rising dominance of digital techniques for archaeological threedimensional surveys and interpretive visualisation has resulted in a rapid uptake of emerging technologies without adequate assessment of their impact on the interpretive process and practitioner engagement. Using an example from experimental work in Orkney as a springboard for discussion this paper outlines the need for the field to develop a more practical approach to addressing some of these recurring issues by developing methodologies which more accurately reflect the multi-layered, interpretive and ambiguous processes involved in archaeological interpretation.

Keywords: Archaeological visualisation; creative practice; data capture; digital documentation; archaeological interpretation; laser survey; laser scanning; photogrammetry; reconstruction; storytelling

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About the article

Received: 2014-12-09

Accepted: 2015-03-16

Published Online: 2015-04-15


Citation Information: Open Archaeology, ISSN (Online) 2300-6560, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2015-0006.

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