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Reconstruction of Lost Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes: Context of Ancient Objects in Time and Space

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Department of Applied Geoinformatics and Cartography, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Albertov 6, 128 43 Prague 2, Czech Republic
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Project Management Department, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Albertov 6, 128 43 Prague 2, Czech Republic
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(10), 604; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9100604
Received: 5 September 2020 / Revised: 29 September 2020 / Accepted: 9 October 2020 / Published: 14 October 2020
Diachronic studies play a key role in the research and documentation of cultural heritage and its changes, ranging from architectural fragments to landscape. Regarding the reconstructions of lost cultural heritage sites, the determination of landscape conditions in the reconstructed era goes frequently unheeded. Often, only ruins and detached archeological artefacts remain of the built heritage. Placing them correctly within the reconstructed building complex is of similar importance as placing the lost monument in the context of the landscape at that time. The proposed method harmonizes highly heterogeneous sources to provide such a context. The solution includes the fusion of referential terrain models of different levels of detail (LODs) as well as the fusion of diverse 3D data sources for the reconstruction of the built heritage. Although the combined modeling of large landscapes and small 3D objects of a high detail results in very large datasets, we present a feasible solution, whose data structure is suitable for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses of landscapes and also provides a smooth and clear 3D visualization and inspection of detailed features. The results are demonstrated in the case study of the island monastery, the vanished medieval town of Sekanka, and the surrounding landscape, which is located in Czechia and was the subject of intensive changes over time. View Full-Text
Keywords: 3D modeling; diachronic reconstruction; cultural heritage; LOD; smart object; data fusion; Czechia 3D modeling; diachronic reconstruction; cultural heritage; LOD; smart object; data fusion; Czechia
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Brůha, L.; Laštovička, J.; Palatý, T.; Štefanová, E.; Štych, P. Reconstruction of Lost Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes: Context of Ancient Objects in Time and Space. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 604.

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