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Research project: Promoting digital solutions to rock and cave art research

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This 18 month project (2014-2015), funded by a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, aims to advance rock art research through the application of state-of-the-art imaging technologies.

We will examine these technologies' utility in various themes central to contemporary rock art research.  These include documenting unambiguously the superimposition of engraved and painted motifs, that is, their relative chronology; the texture and topography of rock art panels and their role in the creation of art, and the digital enhancement of motifs that are no longer clearly visible.  Rock art specialists and imaging experts will work together to record rock art using computational photography techniques, to evaluate the imaging techniques in a range of contexts, and research questions.  The project involves rock art specialists and imaging experts from various research centres based, among others, in the UK, Spain and Portugal.

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