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