Chairs: Fabrizio GALEAZZI, UK | Peter JENSEN, Denmark

Archaeological excavation is a destructive and unique process. So it is essential that we make a full record in the field as the excavation progresses. The active integration of both traditional and innovative 3D practices for archaeological documentation can increase the accuracy and realism in the documentation process favouring a full data recording.
With this session we intend to challenge and open a discussion on the impact that on-site digital data recording and the development of innovative web-based platforms may have in reshaping archaeological fieldwork practices answering specific research questions on the potential of 3D technologies for archaeological intra-site data recording: (1) is the effective integration of 3D technologies in the day-to-day fieldwork practice really possible? (2) Which infrastructures should we develop to favour the ‘digital turn’ in the archaeological recording on site? (3) Is it possible to develop infrastructure and frameworks dealing with “data complexity”?
While there has been much attention to data preservation and “big data” of late, the definition of new digital practices which allow the integration and visualisation of a variety of data, acquired in different periods using different techniques is essential. The re-use and repurposing of “old” and “new” data and formats is mandatory to have a complete understanding of social and cultural dynamics of archaeological sites and landscapes subject to long-term investigations.
In the year of the 20th anniversary of Archaeology Data Service (ADS) we would like to discuss the importance of integrating 2D and 3D interactive visualisation systems with trusted and well-recognised digital repository for archaeological data, such as Archaeology Data Service. This because solid cyber-infrastructures such as ADS can facilitate the long term use and access to these new digital tools not only in academia but also amongst professional archaeologists and the general public, increasing the dissemination of research results, data management and accessibility in archaeology.
We would like to discuss the added value of 3D representations of archaeological excavation for the creation of new knowledge in archaeology, and how new digital methods could impact and reshape theoretical frameworks.

This session will cover a variety of themes, which contribute to re-defining archaeological methods and practices for the on-site data recording:

  • 3D web-based visualisation of archaeological sequences;
  • 2D and 3D visualisation of Harris Matrix data;
  • Archiving and accessing 3D spatial data;
  • Visualisation of archaeological stratigraphy and related datasets;
  • GIS and remote sensing 3D data visualisation;
  • 3D immersive visualisation and augmented reality for the analysis of archaeological sites and landscapes.