The Centre for Maritime Archaeology Research Seminar series continues on April 25 at 10:30 in the Burgess Building, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton:


‘3D Imaging for Archaeology using Structured Light Technology: Developments in Systems for Remote Areas, Hostile Environments, and Maritime Archaeology’

Christopher Begley, Ph.D.
Transylvania University and University of Kentucky Center for Virtual and Visual Environments

Abstract: Recent innovations in structured light scanning has allowed the development of a rugged, portable, weather and waterproof system for use in archaeological projects in any environment, including underwater. The system uses a diving light and a standard digital camera to record data that can be rendered in 3D at any time after data collection, eliminating the need for a computer in the field. Weighing in at around 7 pounds, this system can produce images at sub-millimeter accuracy. In tests in various contexts, from historic cemeteries to caves with ancient foot impressions to underwater archaeology, the potential uses of this technology for data collection and as a conservation tool are discussed.


Dr. Begley’s research primarily focuses on Central and South America elite power strategies as well as digital recording methods in remote locations. This seminar will focus on recent development of a robust, high accuracy 3D imaging system for archaeological use in non-traditional environments.  Specific case studies will focus on petroglyphs in remote areas of Honduras, Native American footprints in a North American cave, bronze warship rams from the First Punic War found off Sicily, Late Bronze Age mortuary caves in the Balearic Islands, and underwater applications from a Spanish site.

All are welcome to the seminar and lunch with Dr. Begley following the talk. If you would like to meet with Dr. Begley while he is here, please contact the CMA Seminar team.

3D Imaging for Archaeology using Structure Light Technology: Dr. Chris Begley: April 25th, 10:30am

Scott Tucker

Scott is an historical and maritime archaeologist from Maryland, USA, holding an MA in maritime archaeology from University of Southampton and a BA in anthropology and sociology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA. His research interests include medieval and post-medieval European maritime trade networks, 18th and 19th century African-American archaeology in a maritime context, and early European colonization of the New World. He has worked extensively on sites around the Chesapeake, as well as the Florida Keys and United Kingdom. His current PhD research is focusing on early British mercantilism in the Chesapeake and changes in shipbuilding and merchant practises throughout the seventeenth-century.

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