Robust and Scientifically Reliable Rock Art Documentation from Digital Photographs

Mark Mudge, Carla Schroer, Tommy Noble, Neffra Matthews, Szymon Rusinkiewicz, Corey Toler-Franklin

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Computational extraction and analysis of information contained in digital photo sequences now allow non - computer specialists to build information rich, scientifically reliable, digital representations of rock art. These representations enable 3D measurement, interactive relighting, and viewing from any angle, and the mathematical enhancement of rock art surface features on outdoor surfaces, in caves, and in the laboratory. Data acquisition is easy to learn, compatible with existing working cultures, and requires only affordable digital camera equipment. Provenance metadata are saved and organized. The same photos permit the automatic rendering of technical drawings from a selection of user configurable, algorithmic, 3D filters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Rock Art
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781444334241
StatePublished - Jul 23 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Algorithmic rendering, CARE, visual information into comprehensible illustrations
  • Automatic functions allowing RTI, scientific "lab notebook" in RTI capture
  • Computational extraction of information in digital photo sequences
  • Digital photographs, as robust, scientifically reliable rock art documentation
  • Documentation/archiving of reflectance properties, 3D geometry, robust/permanent
  • RTI, unified capture of rock art with photographic, preserving rock art legacy
  • Reflectance capture, light source in photograph using RTI Builder
  • Representations, and 3D, interactive relighting, from any angle
  • Robust digital practices in rock art, adoption of digital practices, being attainable
  • Same photos, automatic rendering of drawings from a selection of 3D filters


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