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Petroglyph from Legend Rock, Wyoming

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CHI in the Field of Rock Art
Learn more about what CHI has done in this field.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) funded the development of a training program for 3D digital rock art documentation and preservation.

Reflectance Transformation Imaging
Learn more about this core CHI technology, discussed in this chapter.
See also: Algorithmic Rendering and Photogrammetry

Chapter Title: “Robust, Scientifically Reliable Rock Art Documentation from Digital Photographs”

Book cover for A Companion to Rock Art

Book cover for A Companion to Rock Art (Blackwell Companions to Anthropology)

About This Publication

Chapter Authors Mark Mudge and Carla Schroer (Cultural Heritage Imaging);
Tommy Noble and Neffra Matthews (US Bureau of Land Management); Szymon Rusinkiewicz and Corey Toler-Franklin (Princeton University)
Book Editors Jo McDonald, Peter Veth
Information on A Companion to Rock Art
Publication Date August 2012


This chapter of the book “A Companion to Rock Art” is one of three in the section called “Rock Art as Digital Heritage: Advances in Photo Enhancement Technology and Digital Archiving”. The authors discuss the use of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), Algorithmic Rendering, and Photogrammetry with rock art.

The book as a whole offers a broad overview of a field that has evolved over the last decades with the exploration of petroglyph and pictograph art forms around the world. Leading international scholars provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of developments in the field, and illustrations and photographs support the text. This new companion will be an authoritative guide for researchers, instructors and students in anthropology, archaeology, religious studies, and prehistoric art.