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ARCHES (Archaeological Resources in Cultural Heritage – a European Standard)

Ann Degraeve / David Bibby (1Heritage Direction, Ministry of the Brussels, Belgium / Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart, Germany) Abstract: This project, carried by 8 partners from 7 different countries, is funded by the EU Culture Programme 2007-2013 – Strand 1.2.1. Cooperation measures of European Commission (Agreement number 2012-1399/001-001). It started on June 2012 and runs till May 2014. The purpose of the project, born within the Archaeological Archiving Working Party of the European Archaeological Council (EAC) ( is to agree a European standard that will benefit cultural heritage practice and management in Europe and to produce a best practice manual and twinned web presence for the creation, compilation, transfer and curation of the products of European archaeology. Archaeological archives consist of all material deemed worthy of retention generated by any type of archaeological project. This includes the historic artefacts as well as the written, drawn, and photographic records and the digital data about the site and its associated finds collection. The successful preservation of the archive for the future benefit of the people of Europe depends on the implementation of best practice in creating, compiling, transferring and curating the results of every archaeological project. The proposed manual will bring together the recommendations of the country and state-specific standards and guidance documents, provide standards where none currently exist, and provide guidance for implementation of shared best practice in all the participating countries. The EAC Archaeological Archiving Working Party will guarantee the sustainability of the manual and web presence thus ensuring that they remain current and relevant and will motivate the formal adoption of the standards recommended in the manual and web presence by the EAC itself as a means of monitoring good practice in the management of archaeological archives. For more information see: and...

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CHNT 18 – November 11-13, 2013

This years topic is one of a series : 2011 … Prospection, Survey and Data Integration 2012 … Excavation 2013 … Urban Archaeology and Correct Documentation Documentation of archaeological and cultural heritage sites is at the heart of the archaeological process and an important component in cultural heritage research and presentation. It is an essential step without which interpretation and analysis are not possible. [read more] 2014 … Processing 2015 … Public...

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Book Presentation

Archaeolingua Verlag ist “the official Publisher” der Reihe EAC (Europae Archaeologiae Consilium)  und publiziert die Proceedings der jährliche Tagungen in Cultural Heritage Themen. Vorstellung der neuesten Bände 2013 durch die Vize-Präsidentin des EAC Bord’s Katalin Wollák Heritage Reinvents Europe. D. Callebaut et al. Who cares? Percpectives on Public Awareness, Participation and Protection in Archaeological Heritage Management. A. Lagerlöf (Ed.)     The EAC Occasional Paper Series (EAC7_flyer) (EAC8_flyer) The presentations of the heritage protection symposia organised by the Europae Archaeologiae Consilium (EAC) founded in 1999 brought a growing awareness of the issues related to landscape archaeology. The papers read at the symposia were published in the Occasional Paper series. In 2010, Archaeolingua Foundation and Publishing House began to collaborate in editing and distributing the series with the fourth volume, Heritage Management of Farmed and Forested Landscapes in Europe. Since then, four further volumes were published by Archaeolingua on the topics of remote sensing, large-scale excavations and archaeological heritage management. The 9th volume is under preparation and due to be published in...

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Towards a photogrammetry as an archaeological documentation method. The case study of Čachtice castle

M. HORŇÁK / J. STREHLÍKOVÁ / J. ZACHAR (VIA MAGNA s.r.o., Vrútky, Slovakia) Keywords: Čachtice, castle, medieval period, photogrammetry, structure from motion Abstract: The Čachtice castle is a coherent ruinal architecture situated on the top of a  limestone peak (375 m) within the Čachtice carstic hills in Male Karpaty mountains between the villages Čachtice and Višňové. Former  frontier  castle served as  a control point on the cross way from the Myjava valley to Váh valley. According to written sources  castle is supposed to have been errected after the year 1260 under the patronage of Kazimir of the Hunt-Poznan house. In 2012 the project of castle restoration and statical treatment was launched. Restoration works made archeological excavations of the concerned castle parts inevitable. Excavations were limited to specified areas subjected to earthen activities mostly as a part of the masonry statical treatment. During excavations bottom pavement levels of existing architectures as well as architectural fragments of earlier castle building phases were discovered.  Remedation project together with archeological and architectural research continues in 2013. Prior to the excavation begining basic measurement conducted with GNSS Rtk rover was conducted to obtain point field in national coordinates (S-JTSK). It was applied as an fast and efficient robust low cost method for documentation purposes of 2D and 3D photogrammetry. Prime photogrammetry output were rectified ortophotoplans determined for CAD vectorisation. 3D photogrammetry served extra for georeferenced digital elevation model generation of particular trenches . Photo acquisition was done with unmanned aerial vehicles (AUV), pole areal photography (PAP) and hand handled camera. Data processing was based upon intersection method “Structure from motion” using SW Agisoft Photoscan...

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