Tip: Use an updated browser to interact with the above three-dimensional model. Click the eyeball ‘viewer mode’ button and select ‘first person’ to experience flying through the mosaic excavations. Use the arrow keys to move and steer by clicking and dragging with your mouse.
In August 2014 and 2015 I worked in Turkey taking aerial images and video of the Antiochia ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project excavations on the Mediterranean coast near the small city of Gazipaşa.
Founded in A.D. 72, the ancient city of Antiochia ad Cragum sits perched atop rugged cliffs and steep slopes.
Excavations have included a third-century A.D. imperial temple.
Other excavations include an acropolis, colonnaded street, and as seen here a Roman bathhouse and 1,600 square foot mosaic.
I used a DJI Phantom 2 carrying a Canon SX260 camera for capturing aerial images. Using Agisoft Photoscan I processed the excavation images into user explorable three-dimensional models, like the one of the mosaic and bathhouse seen at the top of this page.
Based on my fieldwork in Turkey, and the visualizations I’ve produced, I co-wrote, with Matt Waite, a paper for the Computation+Journalism Symposium 2014 at Columbia University about using small unmanned aircraft systems for creating high resolution three-dimensional models in the context of journalism. The paper, entitled The Feasibility of Using Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Mapping News Events, was accepted into the symposium.