On-site digital documentation

Total station


Measurement in action

Besides the traditional archaeological field documentation (measurements, drawings, registration sheets), a total station is also in use to accurately measure the position and the extent of features and finds found during the excavation. With the aid of this machine the exact position of the findings is recorded with x, y, and z coordinates on the one hand. While, special finds (e.g. special ceramics, bronzes, bone tools, jewelry etc.), samples (e.g. micromorphological samples, macro and charcoal samples etc.) and features (e.g. floor layer, wall, hearth, pit etc.) are all specified and digitally documented on site. The data collected there is imported (downloaded) to a specific programme (Intrasis) and verified daily so all data could be used, visualized and analyzed. The huge number of data would not otherwise be possible to handle, but this way distribution maps of various selections (import ceramics or bronze finds for example) can effectively help interpretation. It also provides a reliable and consistent dataset.

A section of the excavation trench with the measured points of various finds, samples and polygons (outlines) of features recorded on site.