Seeing Archaeology In 3D: Digital Spatial Vision
3D digital archaeology is a growing subfield of archaeological practice. This paper assesses the role 3D archaeology in archaeological theory and practice employs, particularly in reference to the ways of seeing. Digital reconstructions themselves occupy a particular niche as manipulatable representations of archaeological contexts, enabling them to convey information and interpretation in ways previously impossible in the field. Using these new tools allows archaeologists to see spatial data in new ways and to therefore more fully explore and interpret it. Low cost methods of 3D model production, including new commercial structured light scanning device, are employed within previously excavated architectural contexts of ancient Pompeii to explore the feasibility and benefits of 3D archaeology's ways of seeing. 3D archaeology is shown to enable exploratory data analysis throughout the archaeological process.
Digital Archaeology; 3D Archaeology; Pompeii
Smith, Adam Thomas
Master of Arts
dissertation or thesis