3D Archaeology at Çatalhöyük

Maurizio Forte, Nicolo Dell'Unto, Justine Issavi, Lionel Onsurez, Nicola Lercari

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The project “3D-Digging at Çatalhöyük” began in 2010 thanks to collaboration between Stanford University (Archaeological Center) and the University of California Merced with the scope to record, document (with different digital technologies) and visualize in virtual reality all the phases of archaeological excavation. Phase I (2010 excavation season) of the project was mainly oriented to test different technologies during the excavation (time of flight and optical laser scanners). In phase II (2011 excavation season) the UC Merced team initiated the excavation of a Neolithic house (building 89), recording all the layers by time phase-shift scanners and computer vision techniques. The recording of the excavation process through the use of digital technologies gave the team the ability to generate 3D models of layers and micro-stratigraphies in stereovision during the excavation (using stereo projectors), so as to stimulate a new digital hermeneutics in archaeology. At the end of the fieldwork all the 3D models are accessible through a Teleimmersive system created by UC Merced and UC Berkeley.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-377
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • History and Archaeology


  • 3-D
  • Archaeology
  • Çatalhöyük
  • Teleimmersive Archaeology
  • Reflexive Methodology


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