Conventions and Emerging Standards

Scientific Method, Chaîne Opératoire and Visualization

by Sorin Hermon

This paper highlights the potential of 3D modelling as a research tool for the investigation of archaeological data. Whereas 3D modelling is largely viewed by the humanities community as a useful means of communicating and publicizing information, its value as a research tool has been often neglected, mostly due to two major factors; first, computer 3D modelling was, and still is, a relatively expensive method of visualizing data, requiring a certain specialization, and second, archaeologist are more familiar with two-dimensional exploration of data (maps, plans, photos, drawings or images). The paper discusses the potential for the employment of 3D visualization techniques when investigating archaeological material, independently of any adopted theoretical framework.

Figure 3.1. The scientific method and 3D visualization

Figure 3.2. Hypothetical 3D models of the mausoleum described by Pliny, Nat. Hist., XXXVI.19.


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