Rectified Photography

When fieldwork time is limited, or the level of detail and accuracy required is more than can be achieved in the field, rectified photography is often a viable alternative to drawing plans or elevations. This is particularly true of the recording of archaeological features such as skeletons which require very accurate and detailed drawing.

The montage below shows a number of photographs of a section of Bronze Age wall from a site in the Middle East, each rectified according to the surveyed target points attached to various stones. As the wall stands to a height of 2.50 metres, it proved difficult to record during fieldwork and rectified photography was used instead of traditional elevation drawing. After rectification this montage was then digitised to create the required elevation drawing.

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