Volume XLII-2/W3
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W3, 631-638, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W3-631-2017
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Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W3, 631-638, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W3-631-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  23 Feb 2017

23 Feb 2017

DOCUMENTING BRONZE AGE AKROTIRI ON THERA USING LASER SCANNING, IMAGE-BASED MODELLING AND GEOPHYSICAL PROSPECTION

I. Trinks1, M. Wallner1, M. Kucera1, G. Verhoeven1, J. Torrejón Valdelomar1, K. Löcker1, E. Nau2, C. Sevara3, L. Aldrian1, E. Neubauer1,3, and M. Klein4 I. Trinks et al.
  • 1Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, Hohe Warte 38, 1190 Vienna, Austria
  • 2Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research, Postboks 736, Sentrum, 0105 Oslo, Norway
  • 3Vienna Institute for Archaeological Science, Franz-Klein-Gasse 1, 1190 Vienna, Austria
  • 47reasons Medien GmbH, Bäuerlegasse 4-6, 1200 Vienna, Austria

Keywords: Cultural heritage documentation, laser scanning, image-based modelling, ground-penetrating radar, virtual reconstruction

Abstract. The excavated architecture of the exceptional prehistoric site of Akrotiri on the Greek island of Thera/Santorini is endangered by gradual decay, damage due to accidents, and seismic shocks, being located on an active volcano in an earthquake-prone area. Therefore, in 2013 and 2014 a digital documentation project has been conducted with support of the National Geographic Society in order to generate a detailed digital model of Akrotiri’s architecture using terrestrial laser scanning and image-based modeling. Additionally, non-invasive geophysical prospection has been tested in order to investigate its potential to explore and map yet buried archaeological remains. This article describes the project and the generated results.