Workshop on 'Close range laser scanning for archaeological artifacts and architectural elements'



One Day Workshop / Seminar
Close range laser scanning for archaeological artifacts and architectural elements


20 January 2010, 9:30-17:00
Building of the Historical Archive
Psaromilingou 22, Thiseio
Professor Frederick Limp (University of Arkansas)
9:30-12:30 High density survey (laser scanning) for heritage recording and measurement.
12:30-14:30 Lunch break.
14:00-17:00 Close range laser scanning for artifacts and architectural elements.


High density survey (laser scanning) for heritage recording and measurement
The workshop will cover the basic principles of HDS as applied to the recording of heritage sites. The workshop will also cover current international efforts to develop HDS archival specifications for heritage purposes. HDS recording can be a effective approach for the rapid documentation of archaeological and architectural resources that are endangered or that may be destroyed as well as a valuable strategy for the analysis and study of any site. The workshop will cover basic technical and field applications of the methods, the selection and use of software for the processing and study of these large data sets as well as new methods to merge HDS data with other sources. Examples will be drawn from World Heritage sites such as Tiwanaku, Machu Picchu, Amarna and Ostia Antica.

Close range laser scanning for artifacts and architectural elements
Close range laser scanning can provide highly precise metric representations of portable artifacts (e.g. ceramics) as well as architectural elements. Such recording can make these objects more widely available and can serve as a key archival method when objects cannot be moved or are otherwise not accessible. When processed such data can then be made available to the scholarly community and the public in formats that allow extensive "remote" analysis and digital re-use. The workshop will cover application of the methods, hardware and software characteristics and options for the distribution of the digital objects.


W. Frederick Limp who earned his doctorate in anthropology from Indiana University, is a professor in the department of anthropology and in the environmental dynamics program, and is a Leica Geosystems Chair in Geospatial Imaging. He was a founder and served on the Board of the Open Geospatial Consortium, as well as the Intergraph Geospatial Executive's Board, AmericaView, SPOT Image Academic Advisory Board, the National Consortium for Rural Geospatial Innovations Board, Oracle North America Users Forum, Sam M. Walton College of Business Information Technology Research Institute Board, the UA's RFID Center Steering Committee and the OGC Interoperability Institute. He was appointed by Governor Tucker to the Arkansas Mapping and Land Records Modernization Board and by Governor Huckabee to the Arkansas State Land Information Board. He is co-author of two legislative acts. He was elected as Treasurer of the Society of American Archaeology and served on the Board of the Foundation for American Archaeology and the University Consortium for Preservation Technology. He served as Co-Director for the Center for American Archaeology's Contract Archaeology Program 1978-1979 and as Assistant and Interim Director, Arkansas Archaeological Survey 1979-1990.He has a participated in a range of research projects throughout the US, Central America, Peru, Italy, Egypt and (forth coming) Israel and Greece.
Limp was a contributing editor for GeoWorld magazine, a contributor to Earth Imaging Journal and writes and lectures extensively on spatial technology issues. Articles on his work have been featured in the popular press including USA Today, Omni, New Scientist, Americas, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Delta Sky, ComputerWorld, eWeek, InformationWeek, Wall Street Journal as well as in National Geographic books, and on US National Public Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and German Public Television.
Limp has written or edited 9 books and more than 95 journal articles and edited chapters. He has published more than 100 articles in national and international professional magazines, served as keynote or plenary session speaker at ten conferences, presented more than 80 professional papers, and organized six professional meetings.

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