Seeing is believing: investigating the influence of photogrammetric digital 3D modelling of underwater shipwreck sites on archaeological interpretation

Madeline McAllister

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This thesis investigates the often-overlooked influence of photography on underwater archaeology and evaluates how photogrammetric digital 3D modelling of shipwrecks affects the archaeological process. Image-based digital 3D models created of two shipwrecks in Western Australia, Batavia (1629) and James Matthews (1841), revealed the benefits and limitations of using these tools to understand sites. The research provides insight into how the creation of image-based digital 3D models enhance archaeological recording but can also be misleading to the general viewer. Results indicate that a theoretically informed approach is required when applying photogrammetric digital 3D modelling to underwater archaeology.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date24 Oct 2018
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018


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