Complementarity between in situ studies and photogrammetry: methodological feedback from a Roman shipwreck in Caesarea, Israel

B. Derenne, E. Nantet, G. Verly, M. Boone

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As a quick and effective way to archive the different stages of an excavation - notably to prepare the post-excavation phase and to document the production methods - photogrammetry has become an indispensable tool. Indeed, it offers a valid scientific model, usable by any member of the team and at any moment, without the need to return to the excavation site. Photogrammetry can also complement other archaeological tools such as manual surveys. The interaction between the complementary approach of the interpretative drawing measurements (IDM) and the photogrammetric model measurements (PMM) enables us to apprehend the error rate of the interpretative measurements in situ. It appears thus that the measurements taken flat have an error rate inferior to 2% whereas the distances that are either too long or taken on a three-dimensional support have an error rate that can exceed 10%. The input of photogrammetry is therefore an added value whether it be during the excavation phase or during the post-excavation studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
JournalISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Issue number2/W10
StatePublished - 17 Apr 2019
Event2019 Underwater 3D Recording and Modelling "A Tool for Modern Applications and CH Recording" - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 2 May 20193 May 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The excavation was conducted with the logistical support of the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies and the financial support of the University of Haifa. It was also subsided by the Honor Frost Foundation. We would also like to thank Ms. Florence Mirel and Ms. Charlotte Doyen for their careful reading of the text.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Copernicus GmbH. All righhts reserved.


  • Measurements
  • Photogrammetry
  • RealityCapture
  • Roman Shipwreck
  • Underwater Archaeology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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