Ken THÖMEL / Anja GROTHE
(Landesdenkmalamt Berlin, Berlin, Germany)
Keywords: Berlin, digital documentation, urban archaeology
The excavation undertaken in the historic Centre of Berlin has the aim to locate the medieval Jewish residential area. Evidence of a gardening area to supply the settlement of the 13th century in the core of the later Berlin city nearby the oldest market place shed light on the early development to a medieval city. During the late 13th, 14th and 15th subsidiary building and workshops were aligned on rectangular shaped lots of land facing westwards to the Jüdenstrasse (Jewish Street) and eastwards to the Klosterstrasse. After the Thirty Years War the area was rebuilt by an early modern ensemble grouped around a small central yard which was only destroyed during WWII.
The recording of single contexts is multifaceted. On our poster we will point out what kind of documentation is used: 3D measurements by Total Station, printed out and hand coloured on-site as well as photogrammetric images. Prominent features like the souterrain of a late medieval building are documented by 3D Laser scanning. The huge amount of digital photos is stored on different data backup systems.
Using predominantly digital methods of documentation is an effective way to enhance (field)work flow on site. Moreover, quickly accessible daily updated overall plans and small scaled plans of specific contexts are essential for scientific research.