Archaeology is a very visual activity and almost always involves photography, measured survey and informed illustration. Good archaeological visualisation helps to consolidate understanding by encouraging the active participation of the audience. It supports effective archaeological analysis and can greatly enhance the historic environment record. By blending integrated archaeological measured survey with an aesthetic illustrative ethos we can achieve both objective measured record and subjective interpretation.
The priority targets of any programme of archaeological measured survey and visualisation should include:
• significant archaeological monuments;
• monuments at risk;
• eroding / collapsing drystone monuments; and
• early carved stones facing accelerated erosion.
The benefits and objectives of archaeological measured survey and visualisation include:
• an enhanced archaeological record;
• a creative response that is both functional and aesthetic;
• the collection of baseline information that informs conservation management and allows detailed condition monitoring;
• to encourage professional CPD and broaden fieldwork objectives (where possible);
• to visibly demonstrate and confirm the importance of a site; and
• to enhance the presentation of both methodology and archaeology.
This innovative exploded visualisation of the anatomy of a chambered tomb (by AOC Archaeology) can be used to explain and promote understanding.