New article

Check out new article “3D-documentation and analysis of rock carvings” at: https://www.academia.edu/27495805/3D-documentation_and_analysis_of_rock_carvings

It is part of a publication based upon the “Why 3D? seminar” held at Moesgaard Museum. In the publication you can also find other interesting articles about the use of 3D in archaeology.

Now you can download my masters thesis :)

Now an english summary is available for download. The complete thesis is also available for download, but at the moment it is only available in danish. Hopefully it will be translated into english in the future. Both PDF-files are available in the menu “Projects – MA thesis”. At the same site, you can also have a look at the animations of four of my 3D-models, which was created with photogrammetry. I will soon update the site “photogrammetry”, so you can get knowledge about the method, but you can also read a thorough description of the method in the thesis + other digital methods as laserscanning, white-light scanning, RTI and Structure from Motion.

 

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This is the cover of my thesis. It is a small part of my favorite panel: “the shoemaker from Backa Brastad” (Brastad 1). In fact this panel was object to possibly the oldest documentation in the world, of rock art. This early documentation was created in 1627 by Peder Alfsøn. You may read more about this and other things in my thesis (photo: Mette Rabitz).

Tracing

It has been a while, since my last post. The time runs so fast, every day takes the other! If it was possible, I would wish the day had more hours! Time runs so fast, and I am also busy with some articles about digital documentation and photogrammetry, and preparation for a coming lecture. But I am definitely not complaining! It is nice to have something to do, and being outside all day, and experience a lot of interesting stuff 🙂

Recently, we worked with Sven Gunnar Broström and Kenneth Ihrestam. We cleaned the panels, and they documented it, with the tracing method. For a thorough description of the method, take a look at the menu documentation – tracing, which has been updated! 

I also got to try the tracing method 🙂

 

 

Rock carvings -coming soon to a TV near you ;)

We had a TV-interview at the Ekenberg panel. They interviewed our projectleader, and did some filming of our work. We have also had some newspapers to visit us, some weeks ago Folkbladet was at Herrebro. You can see the outline of the article at: http://www.folkbladet.se/kultur/default.aspx?articleid=6408766

SVT visited us at Ekenberg

During the last days we have been working at Ekenberg, where one can see many beautiful carvings. The panel is situated on a field with surrounding pine trees, so it reminded me of the typical setting for the panels of the westcoast. At the westcoast, almost every panel is surrounded by forest. In Norrköping, the typical setting is an open landscape with no or few trees around the Panels. We planned to finish the cleaning and painting after some days, but realized it will take a little longer. The carvings have a lot of lichens and algaes, and it is really hard to remove. The surface in the carvings is very uneven, with a lot of small holes. -The lichens really appreciate the small holes, and it is really hard to clean the holes, cause they are almost too small. Perhaps the lichens are hard to remove because of te surrounding trees..

 

 

 

Working with the rock carvings, Norrköping – so far…

I have now been working with the carvings for some weeks. As mentioned before, the dominating type of rock in this area is slate. So the surface is very uneven, and does not feel so smooth. Many of the panels have not been documented since Arthur Nordén in the 1920’s, so it has been possible to find new carvings, which were not present on his documentations. The carvings have been painted many times, so our job is to clean away algaes and lichens, and repaint the carvings.

 

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Raä 53, Herrebro (photo:Mette Rabitz)


In this week, we finished the work at Leonardsberg. The two panels were situated on a field with sheep, so now and then they visited us, and tried to see if they could eat some of our equipment… I got the opportunity to paint the largest human figure in Norrköping 🙂 It is 0,7 m. high and is one of the few human figures from this area, which have elongated calves. When painting carvings, it is nescesarry to locate the edges of the motive, so it really force you to investigate the details. It seemed as if the line, which is hold by the adorant, ends in a lance in the right end, so it was not just a line, as the previous paint presented. But according to Nordéns drawing, the peak of the lance should be in the other end… It could be interesting to do some photogrammetry of this motive, in order to study the pecking marks, and check if some details have been updated.

  

Raä 84, Leonardsberg, before (photo: Mette Rabitz)


 

Raä 84, Leonardsberg, after my painting (photo: Mette Rabitz)

   

Yesterday we started to paint one the panels at Himmelstalund, called ” the axe panel”. It was a warm day on the rock, but we had visitors, and some children also came to us, and wanted to know it was difficult to paint.

 

Some motives from “The axe panel” at Himmelstalund, before (photo: Mette Rabitz)


 

After my painting (photo: Mette Rabitz)


 

 

Teaching future archaeologist

Some weeks ago, I got an opportunity to teach future archaeologists from University of Copenhagen in documentation of rock carvings. I started with a lecture about digital documentation of rock carvings. The lecture was followed some weeks later, with a practical lesson, which took place at “The land of legends” in Lejre near Roskilde, Denmark. It is an experimental centre with artificially created villages from different periods of the prehistory. A lot of experiments are taking place in the centre, in order to create an explanation and understanding of the prehistory. The centre also include three boulders with artificial rock carvings, which have been “carved” with modern drilling tools. So my teaching in documentation was not optimal, since the situation was not realistic. -The students were not able to get knowledge of the feeling of real carvings, but they got an impression of how to document with the rubbing-method.

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(Photo: Sabine Karg)

After the demonstration of the method, my intention was to let the students try to do a rubbing, but it started to rain 🙁 So we went inside, and I gave a small lecture about the rubbing-method instead.

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(Photo: Sabine Karg)