Our Field School Coordinator, Cole Kelly, has been exploring more ways of bringing the Bamburgh Research Project excavations to the wider world:
“I started last summer by downloading a free trial version of Agisoft PhotoScan, a Photogrammetry program. Photogrammetry is essentially the process of making precise measurements by means of photography. One photograph on its owns cannot be measured with accuracy. Photogrammetry takes information from multiple photographs to create a highly accurate representation of the place or object. It is becoming increasingly important to the archaeological recording process.
After taking 50-80 pictures of a site the program renders the information into an adjustable 3D model. We can increase the accuracy of the model by combining it with real life 3D location points provided by our EDM machine.
In the future I hope to bring many more features from our excavations into this easily sharable format. Eventually I would also like to have an online 3D gallery for all of the wonderful finds that the Bamburgh Research Project has discovered in the past.”
Click here to see the first 3D model from the Bamburgh Research Project. You can zoom in and out and control the model with your mouse. The model focuses on a feature located in trench 6 at the Bradford Kaims. Hopefully we will have many more to follow throughout the rest of the year!