VirtualArch Summer School in Torun went down in history so quickly!

The meeting was held in Torun on 24-28 June 2019 and was organized by the Department of Underwater Archaeology at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun and Fundazione Bruno Kessler in Trento. 

A main objective of the event was to familiarize students with the use of 3D visualization methods within archaeological practice. Participants were prepared for it at four different stages: using a laser scanner for small artifacts as well as for some architectural parts of town hall (like representative tower and portals), and also conducting 3D photogrammetry workflow in reference to small finds as well as monuments and statues of the OId Town of Torun.

Explaining the methods of 3D photogrammetry (Foto: UMK)

The classes has begun from theoretical introduction to use of 3D data in archaeology which covered the whole first day. Then, the practical tasks appeared in the front of the students: gathering data with the use of laser scanners and taking photographs as a primary step in the photogrammetry process. The location of the event in the heart of the old town turned out to be crucial in this respect because the participants could choose between different elements of town hall as examples for visualization, and even pay more attention to nearby objects such as rafter sculpture or nearby churches. 

Learning usage of 3D recording equipment and data processing in the courtyard of the historic town hall (Foto: LfA)

Equally demanding issue was data processing in the quiet and beautiful town council conference room during the next three days. The summer school has come to the end with the final presentations prepared by four groups of participants, and then, final remarks and discussion.

Data gathering for 3D photogrammetry in beatiful seminar room (old senate hall) (Foto: LfA)

The workshop allowed to popularize still unknown and even underrated methods of documentation in today’s archaeology. The Old Town of Torun became a great spot for the event at all, and what’s more, historic interiors of town hall promoted inspiring and never-ending discussions.

Presentation of processed results and critical view on methods and approaches (LfA)