Tales from the Field: Structure-from-Motion Photogrammetry in Archaeology
Date(s) - 11/09/2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Foothills Higher Education Center
Our 10th Anniversary Celebrations continue! Join us every other month in 2018 for a 4-part lecture series highlighting exciting regional archaeology stories at the Foothills Higher Education Center. EJF thanks you for joining us for our series and hope you enjoy our final excellent speaker. Last up:
Structure-from-Motion Photogrammetry in Archaeology
R. P. Stephen Davis, Jr.
Over the past 10 years, archaeology has benefited immensely from the emergence of several new technologies. One such technology is the development of computer software for creating accurate 3D models from digital photos. This software, named Agisoft Photoscan, allows just about anyone with a camera (including a smartphone) and a computer to create and share 3D models of excavated contexts, artifacts, or just about any physical object. In this talk, I will explain how these models are created and discuss some of the ways UNC’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology has harnessed this technology for education and public outreach. My goal is to demystify the photogrammetry process to the point that members of the audience, if so inclined, will feel comfortable in creating their own 3D models.
Dr. Steve Davis is Associate Director of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and the Curriculum in Archaeology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He grew up in Charlotte, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, and received his graduate degrees from the University of Calgary and the University of Tennessee. Steve has been at UNC since 1983, where his research has focused on the Native people of the Carolina Piedmont during the contact period and late prehistory, and the Catawba Nation in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He has taught workshops at UNC in structure-from-motion photogrammetry since 2016.