On February 9th, 2022, UE Alumni Dr. Meg Hagseth presented the topic of photogrammetry in a lecture run by the Department of Archaeology.  Dr. Hagseth was in the graduating class of 2012 here at the University of Evansville and received her Masters in Anthropology Texas A&M University in 2015. She also received her PhD here in 2020 for Anthropology.

Photogrammetry is the process of taking multiple 2-D models of something and then rendering it into a 3-D model. Dr. Hagseth actually visited UE last spring in 2021 to use our lab to work on one of her photogrammetry projects. She made a 3-D model of a Roman lamp, and the fingerprint of the maker is actually seen in the photos.

This process of photogrammetry is actually very simple. All that’s needed is a DSLR camera, lots of light, and a computer with the proper software needed on it. The software that Dr. Hagseth suggested was Cloud Compare which is a free program but the easier one is the Agisoft Metashape which does cost money.

The main reason for this presentation was the ethos and ethics involving Archaeology and how this can be dealt with using the concept of photogrammetry. Ethos is the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, community, site or object as manifested in its beliefs. This concept is sometimes lost in the work of archaeology. Certain cultural beliefs can be conveyed wrong or ultimately destroyed if not dealt with appropriately. As Dr. Hagseth said and many others “Archaeology isn’t for the dead”.  Photogrammetry can help with this issue. Using videos and pictures a 3-D model of a site can be used to teach and show others while also preserving not only the site but its ethos also. Dr. Hagseth proceeded to show examples of these that she has done easily.

This presentation is just the start of a bigger idea and I highly recommend visiting her site and learning more about her projects that she has done and continues to do!

 Dr. Hagseth

Photos from website.