The problem with 'digital realism' in underwater archaeology: photogrammetric digital 3D visualization and interpretation

McAllister, Maddy (2021) The problem with 'digital realism' in underwater archaeology: photogrammetric digital 3D visualization and interpretation. Journal of Maritime Archaeology, 16. pp. 253-275.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the recently increased application of photogrammetric digital 3D modelling to underwater archaeology by reviewing its application and development on seminal underwater archaeological projects as a key recording tool. It is argued that underwater archaeologists are currently in a phase of ‘digital realism’ that has the potential to inhibit our ability to truly understand and use image-based digital 3D models to communicate effectively. Relevant theories relating to photography, visualization, and interpretation are investigated, highlighting the influence that vision has on data collection and knowledge creation. A series of recommendations are made for underwater archaeologists to spark discussion and move beyond this current phase of digital realism.

Item ID: 68244
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1557-2293
Keywords: underwater archaeology; shipwrecks; photogrammetry; 3D visualisation; archaeological theory
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Copyright Information: Copyright © 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), University of Western Australia (UWA)
Projects and Grants: ARC Linkage-Project, ‘Shipwrecks of the Roaring Forties: a maritime archaeological reassessment of some of Australia’s earliest shipwrecks
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2021 02:51
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430106 Digital archaeology @ 20%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4301 Archaeology > 430108 Maritime archaeology @ 80%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology @ 100%
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