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Lengyel, Dominik; Catherine Toulouse
Visualisation of Uncertainty in Archaeological Reconstructions
Projecting Spaces [Proceedings of the 9th European Architectural Endoscopy Association Conference / ISBN 978-3-942411-31-8 ], pp. 45-52
Archaeological research begins with historical remains and ends with hypotheses that base on analogies and probabilities. Well conserved remains allow a more fundamental reconstruction even in three dimensions whereas sometimes there are only vague contours. Therefore the visualisation of e.g. an ancient city only partly relies on research, other parts can be entirely hypothetic. Static models are incapable of representing both at the same time: the hypothesis and the uncertainty implied. In most cases the uncertainty varies within a hypothesis, parts of a city or building are more likely than others, some hypotheses even contradict each other. Grades of uncertainty require an adequate visual reprentation in order to visually explain hypothesis and uncertainty. In the field of archaeology an adequate method has not been established yet. In this work we explore the application of methods of architectural visualisation in order to express scientific uncertainty gradually between reconstruction and hypothesis. During the last two years we worked on several archaeological sites with emphasis on the ancient Pergamon.