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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Europe - Greece - Eleusis 3D Archaeological Recording and Visualization Project

Archaeology Field School Location and Dates

Start Date 2010-08-15
End Date 2010-09-18

Archaeology Field School Location
Eleusis, Greece

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution
Academic Credit
12 UCLA Academic Credits
Archaeology Field School Tuition
UC Undergrads: $5,300 UC Grad Students: $5,750 Visiting Students: $5,750
Archaeology Field School Room and Board
Accommodations are located in Villia some 45 minutes by project bus from Eleusis. Daily transportation will be provided to and from the housing to the project site. The housing is located in a beautiful forested area adjacent to the mythical home of the muses - Mount Kythaeron - and is 10 minutes from the Corinthian gulf by car. Tennis and basketball courts are available for recreation. Housing is in a series of bungalows with typically 6 -8 students per bungalow. In addition to the UCLA field school participants, other students from around Europe and other countries will be working at Eleusis and staying with the team - providing an opportunity to build global friendships. Breakfast, sandwich lunch and evening meals will be provided. Students are responsible for meals on their days off (Saturday-Sunday).
Archaeology Field School Travel
Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs
Airfare (estimate): $2,000
Meals (estimate): $400
Spending money (estimate): $200

Archaeology Field School Description

This field school will introduce students to a broad range of 3D recording, mapping, animation and visualization methods. Students will be given hands‐on instruction in these methods in the context of the major Greek archaeological site of Eleusis. Eleusis is world famous as the location of the Eleusinian Mysteries – a significant Athenian religious festival ‐ and is located some 14 miles west of Athens opposite the island of Salamis. The students will record the site’s extensive architectural remains using terrestrial laser scanning, photogrammetry, GIS and GPS. 3D computer visualization and animation technologies will be used to re‐create areas of the site.

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Archaeology Field School Type
Science and Archaeology

What is the daily schedule for the field school
I. Introduction to Concepts/Methods and Initial Training Sessions 1. Day 1 a. Overview of class b. Brief overview of Greek history c. Discuss digital revolution and changes that have resulted d. Brief overview of purposes and role(s) of heritage visualization e. Walking tour of site 2. Day 2 a. Review of Greek history and architecture 3. Day 3 a. Brief review of concept of architectural documentation and review of various architectural documentation “standards” i. HABS/HAER ii. ICOMOS iii. Etc. b. Quick overview of methods i. GIS and mapping ii. GPS 1. Control point collection strategies iii. Aerial photogrammetry iv. Close range photogrammetry v. Laser scanning (long and short) vi. Visualization 4. Day 4 a. Introduction to GIS i. Comprehensive concepts and methods ii. Demo of ArcGIS iii. Hands on exercises 1. Basic data creation/analysis/management 2. Basic cartography/visualization for Archaeology a. Base maps b. 3D renderings/animations iv. Develop base data for our site 1. Travel around site acquiring familiarity 2. Collate vector data 3. Clip elevation model 4. Collate imagery 5. Collate available databases 6. Digitize features 5. Day 5 a. Introduction to GPS i. Comprehensive concepts and background ii. Demo of equipment 1. Equipment setup 2. Best practices for data collection iii. Demo of software 1. Data dictionary 2. Data transfer 3. Differential correction iv. Mini student projects 1. Split into groups 2. Collect GPS data for target area 3. Transfer and process data v. Integrate GPS data into Eleusis GIS vi. Develop a protocol for documentation 1. Detail steps for future GPS data collection 2. Metadata standards 6. Day 6 a. Introduction to Photogrammetry i. Comprehensive concepts and background ii. Examples worked using aerial images iii. Hands on exercises 1. Block setup 2. Photogrammetric processes a. Stereo pair(s) b. DEM(s) c. Orthophoto(s) 3. View stereo pairs using anaglyph (red/blue) glasses 4. Practice 3D feature extraction 7. Day 7, 8 and 9 a. Introduction to close range photogrammetry i. Comprehensive concepts and background ii. Examples worked using close range images iii. Hands on exercises 1. Camera calibration 2. Project setup 3. Photo selection 4. Creating/exporting 3D models iv. Basics of photography for photogrammetry 1. For model creation 2. For point cloud creation v. Mini student projects 1. Students acquire photographs of site 2. Process in PhotoModeler 3. Acquire measurements 4. Compare measurements from imagery w/ in field 5. Develop textured model vi. Develop a protocol for documentation 1. Detail steps for future close range photography 2. Metadata standards 8. Day 10 ‐ 15 a. Introduction to laser scanning i. Divide into multiple groups of 3‐4 people 1. While group “x” is learning scanning, group “y” learns visualization, groups rotate accordingly 2. Select focus area/areas for each group ii. Comprehensive principles and “theory” of operation 1. Types of scanners 2. General physics and math behind scanning 3. How different from photogrammetry and 2D measurement 4. How to “connect” to geodetic control iii. Worked example – step through iv. Scanner operation and use v. Data processing 1. Use of RapidForm and PolyWorks a. Acquire and process 2. Addition of geodetic control 3. Creation of orthoimage using point cloud vi. Integration of photogrammetric/photo data and scanning b. Introduction to heritage visualization 1. Introduction and theory of use 2. Introduction to SketchUp 3. Using SketchUp for 3D visualization 4. Introduction of Vue for 3D recreation c. Begin scanning of areas i. One group begins scanning while others continue with visualization, groups rotate accordingly 9. Day 16 – 25 i. Using data acquired at site 1. Process photography 2. Merge scanning 3. Integrate photo and scanning 4. Develop visualization of selected features elements II. Site Applications 10. Site focused efforts i. Fill current data voids in any existing datasets via 1. Scanning where feasible 2. Aerial photographic derived DEM for surface ii. Create 3D site “skeleton” using DEM and scanned data iii. Acquire high res scanned data at selected locations iv. Acquire extensive high‐quality close‐range stereo photography of as much of the site area as possible 1. Focus on comprehensive documentation of specific areas/buildings 2. Acquire exterior and interior photography a. All photography acquired with needed image and location control v. Merge texture and point cloud data “into” site‐wide point cloud and skeleton vi. Merge textured skeleton into SketchUp/VUE and produce basic site wide visualization and high quality specify area visualizations 1. Organize into multiple teams (rotate duties) a. Scanner data processed and in multiple formats b. Georeferenced photos of important features c. CAD/GIS data important to Greek Antiquities Council d. Orthoimages e. High quality visualizations of selected area/features vii. Creation of final product in field 1.Scanner data in processed and in multiple formats 2.Georeferenced photos of important features 3.CAD/GIS data important to INC 4.Orthoimages 5.High quality visualizations of selected area/features
Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation
First Year

Directors and Instructors
Dr. Fred Limp ( is the Leica Geosystems Chair in Geospatial Imaging at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Jackson Cothren is Director of the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies and Professor of Geoscience at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Vanghelis Kyriakidis is a senior Lecturer in Aegean Prehistory in the university of Kent and director of the Initiative of Heritage Conservancy. More information on the project directors can be found at:

Will there be additional organized activities?
Saturday and Sunday can be used to rest and relax and for independent sightseeing. The project work week is Monday through Friday. Athens is nearby and travel throughout the Greek islands is accessible via ferries departing the nearby port of Pireas. Please consult with the staff about independent travel during the program.

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