A NEW TOOL FOR FACILITATING THE RETRIEVAL AND RECORDING OF THE PLACE NAME CULTURAL HERITAGE
- 1Repertorio Toponomastico Ticinese, Archivio di Stato, Bellinzona, Switzerland
- 2Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Insubric Ecosystem Group, Bellinzona, Switzerland
Keywords: Place names, landscape hystory, monofotogrammetry, monoplotting
Abstract. Traditional place names (toponyms) represent the immaterial cultural heritage of past land uses, particular characteristics of the territory, landscape related events or inhabitants, as well as related cultural and religious background. In Euopean countries where the cultural landscape has a very long history, this heritage is particularly considerable. Often most of the detailed knowledge about traditional place names and their precise localization is non-written and familiar only to old local native persons who experienced the former rural civilization. In the next future this important heritage will be seriously threatened because of the physical disappearance of its living custodians. One of the major problems that one has to face, when trying to trace and document the knowledge related to place names and their localization, is to translate the memory and the former landscape experiences of the respondents into maps and structured records. In this contribution we present a new tool based on the monoplotting principle and ad hoc developed to enable the synchronization of terrestrial oblique landscape pictures with the represented digital elevation model. The local respondents are then just asked to show the place name localization on historical landscape pictures they are familiar with. The tool automatically gives back the corresponding world coordinates, what makes the interviewing process more rapid and smooth as well as motivating and less stress-inducing for the informants.