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Documentation and Interpretation of an Archeological Excavation: an experience with Dense Stereo Reconstruction tools

Callieri, Marco; Dell'Unto, Nicolo LU ; Dellepiane, Matteo; Scopigno, Roberto; Söderberg, Bengt LU and Larsson, Lars LU (2011) VAST2011 International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage In [Host publication title missing] p.33-40
Abstract
An archeological excavation is usually a rapidly evolving environment: several factors (weather, costs, permissions) force the work to be concentrated in a few weeks. Moreover, excavating is essentially a mono-directional operation, which constantly modifies the state of the site. Since most of the interpretation is performed in a second

stage, it is necessary to collect a massive amount of documentation (images, sketches, notes, measurements). In this paper we present an experiment of monitoring of an excavation in Uppåkra, South Sweden, using dense stereo

matching techniques. The archeologists were trained to collect a set of images every day; the set was used to produce a 3D model depicting the state of the excavation.... (More)
An archeological excavation is usually a rapidly evolving environment: several factors (weather, costs, permissions) force the work to be concentrated in a few weeks. Moreover, excavating is essentially a mono-directional operation, which constantly modifies the state of the site. Since most of the interpretation is performed in a second

stage, it is necessary to collect a massive amount of documentation (images, sketches, notes, measurements). In this paper we present an experiment of monitoring of an excavation in Uppåkra, South Sweden, using dense stereo

matching techniques. The archeologists were trained to collect a set of images every day; the set was used to produce a 3D model depicting the state of the excavation. In this way, it was possible to obtain a reliable geometric representation of the evolution of the excavation. The obtained model were also used by the archeologists, by the means of an open-source tool, to perform a site study and interpretation stage directly on the geometric data. The results of the experimentation show that dense stereo matching can be easily integrated with the daily work of archeologists in the context of an excavation, and it can provide a valuable source of data for interpretation, archival and integration of acquired material. (Less)
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Digital Archaeology, Virtual Archaeology, Archaeology, Computer Vision, Image Based modelling, Dense Stereo Matching, Uppåkra, Archaeological Methodologies
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[Host publication title missing]
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Dellepiane, Matteo; Nicolucci, Franco; Pena Serna, Sebastian; Rushmeier, Holly; Van Gool, Luc; ; ; ; and
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Eurographics Association
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VAST2011 International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
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1811-864X
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978-3-905674-34-7
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Uppåkraprojektet
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  abstract     = {An archeological excavation is usually a rapidly evolving environment: several factors (weather, costs, permissions) force the work to be concentrated in a few weeks. Moreover, excavating is essentially a mono-directional operation, which constantly modifies the state of the site. Since most of the interpretation is performed in a second<br/><br>
stage, it is necessary to collect a massive amount of documentation (images, sketches, notes, measurements). In this paper we present an experiment of monitoring of an excavation in Uppåkra, South Sweden, using dense stereo<br/><br>
matching techniques. The archeologists were trained to collect a set of images every day; the set was used to produce a 3D model depicting the state of the excavation. In this way, it was possible to obtain a reliable geometric representation of the evolution of the excavation. The obtained model were also used by the archeologists, by the means of an open-source tool, to perform a site study and interpretation stage directly on the geometric data. The results of the experimentation show that dense stereo matching can be easily integrated with the daily work of archeologists in the context of an excavation, and it can provide a valuable source of data for interpretation, archival and integration of acquired material.},
  author       = {Callieri, Marco and Dell'Unto, Nicolo and Dellepiane, Matteo and Scopigno, Roberto and Söderberg, Bengt and Larsson, Lars},
  booktitle    = {[Host publication title missing]},
  editor       = {Dellepiane, Matteo and Nicolucci, Franco and Pena Serna, Sebastian and Rushmeier, Holly and Van Gool, Luc},
  isbn         = {978-3-905674-34-7},
  issn         = {1811-864X},
  keyword      = {Digital Archaeology,Virtual Archaeology,Archaeology,Computer Vision,Image Based modelling,Dense Stereo Matching,Uppåkra,Archaeological Methodologies},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {33--40},
  publisher    = {Eurographics Association},
  title        = {Documentation and Interpretation of an Archeological Excavation: an experience with Dense Stereo Reconstruction tools},
  year         = {2011},
}