[OSGeo-Discuss] Tools and approaches for the cartography of archaeological excavation sites
mbaudier at argeo.org
Fri Nov 5 09:52:33 PDT 2010
Many thanks to you all for this helpful information!
On Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 12:44, Joseph Reeves <iknowjoseph at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Mathieu,
> Expanding on Chris' point, you might want to check out the manuals we have here:
> Cameron Shorter mentioned them in a presentation he did - I seem to
> have lost all original links, but here's an embedded video:
> And we have our own gvSIG release too:
> Cheers, Joseph
> On 5 November 2010 10:21, Chris Puttick
> <chris.puttick at thehumanjourney.net> wrote:
>> You might be better on the Open Source Archaeology list :)
>> Speaking as a non-archaeologist working in archaeology, precision of millimetre is nonsense, achieved or not, as (a) the things they are recording were not built to that precision, nor in many built-structure cases even designed and (b) stuff in the ground for that long has moved...
>> CAD doesn't make sense, even though commonly used, as CAD (as any engineer will tell you) is a design tool, not a recording tool. GIS makes much more sense for the majority of recording as the data will require much analysis to be really useful, and a map can be later produced via Inkscape. We have a member of staff who's developed a nice survey workflow using QGIS and Inkscape.
>> Chris (CIO, Oxford Archaeology :) )
>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> I have been asked to analyze how FLOSS software could help to support
>>> an archaeological program that would take place in remote mountainous
>>> corners of Central Asia.
>>> I pretty much see which sensors and software to use for the small
>>> scale part, where standard GPS precision is enough.
>>> But the most important part is a large scale work, where they need a
>>> much higher precision in order to position their findings and draw
>>> very precise maps of the excavation sites.
>>> When they work in Europe they have sensors and are in a context which
>>> give them a precision of the millimeter.
>>> For this project they know that they won't have access to the same
>>> tooling and they could live with a precision of the centimeter.
>>> My questions to the list therefore are:
>>> - is it relevant to use "our" usual FOSS4G software (GRASS, QGIS,
>>> etc.) for such tasks? or do only CAD tools make sense?
>>> - do some of you have experience with sensors/methodologies which
>>> would provide centimeter order precision, be transportable and usable
>>> in remote areas and not too expensive?
>>> - more generally, if somebody has experience with similar
>>> problematics, I'd be very interested in pointers to documentation,
>>> software, sensors...
>>> I hope that I am not (too much) out of topic: I must say that it is
>>> not yet completely clear to me at how large a scale do GIS stop...
>>> Thanks in advance for your comments,
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