Laser scanning support for Barrow Island archaeological project

In September 2015, Dr David Belton and Dr Petra Helmholz from the Department’s Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning group joined the Barrow Island Archaeology Project (BIAP) led by Professor Peter Veth from The University of Western Australia.

The BIAP team also included researchers from the University of Queensland, James Cook University and Sacramento State University.

To support the archaeology team, David and Petra performed high-resolution laser scanning of the island’s Boodie Cave and its surroundings to produce an accurate 3D model of the cave system.

These scans will be used to derive maps describing the spatial relationship between the internal and external areas of the cave, including current inaccessible sections. This will allow improved spatial referencing of archaeological remains recorded within the cave.