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Prehistoric Digital Rock-Art project wins EU Prize

last modified Apr 07, 2016 02:16 PM
Researchers from Cambridge University are amongst the winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field. Of the 28 total winners, four projects are from the UK, including Prehistoric Picture Project ∙P∙I∙T∙O∙T∙I∙ : Digital Rock-Art led by Dr Frederick Baker and Dr Christopher Chippindale of the Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

The Prehistoric Picture Project ∙P∙i∙t∙o∙t∙i∙: Digital Rock-Art, was honoured in the research and digitisation category for its work between 2009 and 2013. It is an ambitious project focusing on the 3D scanning of rock art in Valcamonica, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Italian Alps. The project, led by Cambridge University with contributors from the Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici, St Pölten University of Applied Sciences and the Bauhaus University Weimar, uses film, photography, dance, animation, music, 3D printing and scanning technology to record and re-present these open-air rock carvings, not only preserving the prehistoric images for posterity, but bringing them to life with real depth. Dr Baker commented, “This European award is a reward for the whole of the European interdisciplinary team of archaeologists, engineers and artists that created this project.”

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