Neal Spencer, British Museum
Since Tuesday, Susie Green has been on site, taking many detailed photographs (yesterday: 3,400) of rooms in our neighbourhood E13. These will be used to create high-resolution point-clouds to make three-dimensional models of the complex architecture in this area of houses and storage magazines. More on the method, and the results, in a later post.
Susie has also brought a small kite, rigged up to hoist a camera skyward, with a remote controller allowing photos to be captured – even when the camera is 30 metres in the air.
These images will be used to acquire wide-angle views of the architecture, site and surrounding landscape, into which the detailed architectural renderings can be placed.
Yesterday we undertook a test flight on Ernetta island, taking advantage of the wind. It was the first time I’d held a kite reel in several decades … and I may have been responsible for a temporary crash landing in a tall palm tree.
The kite soared over our dig house and the surrounding fields, offering a very different perspective on our island and neighbourhood, as well as attracting children on the way home from school.
Viewing the images, we were all struck how model-like, almost unreal, the area looks in these images. Next week, we’ll fly the kite over ancient Amara West.
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