Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
James William Jordan
Archaeology is constantly evolving and as new technologies develop it becomes possible to examine sites in ways that were previously unknown. Photogrammetry, a still-developing technology, has the potential to become an invaluable tool that can provide new information when applied to sites that were excavated more than 50 years ago. The Hetzel-Hunter quarry in Clifton, Virginia is a prehistoric soapstone quarry that was originally excavated in 1894 by the Bureau for American Ethnography. By using photogrammetry to produce a 3D map of the site that details aspects ranging from the general shape of the quarry to the grooves in the walls, new and valuable information was generated that was impossible for the original excavators to know. These data were then able to be analyzed and added to the archaeological record
The model of the quarry was mapped with a total station for georeferencing, and was given to the local park authority to be incorporated into their digital maps of the area. The implications of georeferencing 3D models has the potential to revolutionize virtual learning and exploration.
Kinsley, Catherine G., "The Hetzel-Hunter Quarry: A Case Study in the Use of Photogrammetry to Reevaluate Previously Excavated Sites" (2016). Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers. 392.