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Cultural heritage through time: a case study at Hadrian’s Wall, United Kingdom

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Karolina Fieber, Professor Jon MillsORCiD, Dr Maria-Valasia PeppaORCiD, Professor Ian Haynes, Professor Sam Turner, Alex Turner



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Diachronic studies are central to cultural heritage research for the investigation of change, from landscape to architectural scales. Temporal analyses and multi-temporal 3D reconstruction are fundamental for maintaining and safeguarding all forms of cultural heritage. Such studies form the basis for any kind of decision regarding intervention on cultural heritage, helping assess the risks and issues involved. This article introduces a European-wide project, entitled “Cultural Heritage Through Time”, and the case study research carried out as a component of the project in the UK. The paper outlines the initial stages of the case study of landscape change at three locations on Hadrian’s Wall, namely Beckfoot Roman Fort, Birdoswald Roman Fort and Corbridge Roman Station, all once part of the Roman Empire’s north-west frontier. The main aim of the case study is to integrate heterogeneous information derived from a range of sources to help inform understanding of temporal aspects of landscape change. In particular, the study sites are at risk from natural hazards, notably erosion and flooding. The paper focuses on data collection and collation aspects, including an extensive archive search and field survey, as well as the methodology and preliminary data processing.

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Author(s): Fieber KD, Mills JP, Peppa MV, Haynes I, Turner S, Turner A, Douglas M, Bryan PG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences

Year: 2017

Volume: XLII-2/W3

Pages: 297-302

Online publication date: 23/02/2017

Acceptance date: 23/02/2017

Date deposited: 28/03/2017

ISSN (print): 1682-1750

ISSN (electronic): 2194-9034

Publisher: Copernicus GmbH


DOI: 10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W3-297-2017

Notes: Open access. Paper presented at the conference 3D Arch 2017 - 3D Virtual Reconstruction and Visualization of Complex Architectures, 1–3 March 2017, Nafplio, Greece.


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