News

  • Scanning the Ruthwell Cross

    22 Feb 13
    ISTI CNR scanning the Ruthwell stone cross

    In April 2012, the ISTI-CNR team carried out a scanning campaign for the digitization of the Ruthwell Cross . This incredibly detailed stone cross is a fine example of Anglo-Saxon art, and it is most famous for carrying the oldest surviving "text" of English poetry, predating any manuscripts containing Old English poetry.

  • Digitization of Saint-Michel de Cuxa

    29 Nov 12
    The final 3D model of the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Cuxa

    The 3D digitization of the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Cuxa is based on several surveying and 3D reconstruction techniques, coupled with a method for the semantic structuring of the 3D model. 

    The first step consisted of a surveying campaign of the abbey, which has been led with a difference of phase 3D scanner. 

  • Drombeg Stone Circle

    14 Nov 12
    Perspective view of the normal shaded pointcloud from behind the recumbent stone

    Perspective view of the normal shaded pointcloud from behind the recumbent stone

    Perspective view of the normal shaded pointcloud from behind the recumbent stoneDrombeg stone circle is a recumbent stone circle dating to the later Bronze Age, located 2.4 km east of Glandore, Co. Cork. 17 freestanding stones are symmetrically arranged so that the axial (or recumbent stone) is directly opposite a pair of tall portal stones, the 'entrance' to the circle.

    Such a fine example of a distinctive archaeological monument was an ideal candidate for inclusion on our 3D-ICONS scanning list.

  • Equinox recording

    4 Nov 12
    Arturo Ruiz and Ana Martinez (CAAI) assist the camera crew for the equinox recording

    On Sunday Sept 23, 2012, CAAI (University Institute for Iberian Archaeology, University of Jaén ) recorded the equinox event at an excavated temple in the oppidum of Puente Tablas near Jaén in Andalusia, Spain.

    CAAI has excavated this site for many years and in 2011 discovered a temple and stele dedicated to the Iberian goddess of fertility.  To understand the ritual that was possibly taking place on the site, CAAI simulated one of the gates of the city using scaffoding and canvas, and then filmed the autumn equinox. 

  • Interview

    11 Oct 12

    Anestis Koutsoudis was interviewed by the Spar Point Group for their portal and speaks about 3D ICONS, CARARE and 3D initiatives in which the Athena Research Centre is  involved.

  • 3D ICONS at Euromed 2012

    8 Oct 12

    Euromed 2012 opens on Sunday 28th October in Limassol on Cyprus and continues until Saturday 3rd October.  The conference programme includes a workshop on 3D digital libraries, a series of papers on 3D data capture, ontologies, metadata and data management.  Several members of the 3D ICONS project team will be presenting.

  • Poulnabrone Scanning, Ireland

    5 Oct 12
    poulnabrone1

    The Discovery Programme was asked by the National Monuments Service (NMS) of the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht to undertake the 3D recording and modeling of the prehistoric Portal Tomb at Poulnabrone, Co. Clare. In return the NMS kindly agreed to allow the 3D data to be included in the 3D-ICONS project.

    The monument was surveyed using a Faro Focus 120 laser scanner, with the resolution set to 6.5mm at 10m. The average set-up distance was well below 10m, at around 7m ensuring the average spacing in the pointcloud would not exceed 5mm. A closed traverse of eleven set up stations around the perimeter of the monument was completed by three scans in the passage and two on top of the cap stone.

  • 3D ICONS at VSMM 2012

    2 Aug 12
    Triennale di Milano

    VSMM 2012 will open at 5pm on the 2nd September 2nd in the prestigious building of “Triennale di Milano” the home of the “Museum of Design” and venue of several exhibits of Modern Art and Architecture. The conference will be held in the “Salone d’Onore” an amazing space on the first floor, dominating Sempione Park and one of the icons of the city.

  • Survey campaign at Glendalough

    26 Jul 12
    Glendalough, Early Monastic Site

     The Discovery Programme kicked off its 3D-ICONS field survey campaign at the Early Medieval monastic settlement of Glendalough in County Wicklow. The site, originally founded initially by the hermit priest St Kevin in the 6th century, grew during the 10th -12th century until its demise in 1398. The site contains many fine examples of Early Christian monuments including its iconic round tower, stone roofed churches and decorated crosses. Glendalough is a favourite heritage site for visitors and would attract approximately 100,000 tourists annually.

  • New 3D Project

    31 May 12

    The 3D ICONS was officially launched in Ireland by Conor Newman, Chairman of the Heritage Council on 18th April 2012 at the Royal Irish Academy Dublin. Fittingly the launch followed a joint Heritage Council / ICOMOS Ireland conference to celebrate International Day of Monuments and Sites.