Conference Contribution Details
Mandatory Fields
Stefan Bergh
Air and Earth. Aerial Photography in Ireland
'Digital aerial survey of the prehistoric settlement at Mullaghfarna, Bricklieve Mountains, Co. Sligo.' Paper presented at this conference aimed at gathering current state of research based on aerial photography in Ireland
Dublin Castle, Dublin
Invited Oral Presentation
Optional Fields
10-DEC-05
Digital aerial survey of the prehistoric settlement at Mullaghfarna, Bricklieve Mountains, Co. Sligo. The exposed limestone plateau of Mullaghfarna with its large cluster of circular enclosures has been one of the most enigmatic sites in Irish prehistoric archaeology ever since it was first recorded by Macalister in 1911. The site, which measures c. 200 x 300 m, consists of some 150 stone built enclosures/hut sites situated directly on the karst limestone pavement As part of an ongoing research project an aerial survey of the plateau was undertaken using digital photogrammetry. The main aim with the survey was to create a plan of the entire area, where individual stones in each enclosure/hut site could be identified, and thereby enable a detailed interpretation of each site. Another important aim with the survey was to create a base for detailed 3D modelling of each site, but also to model them into their wider landscape context. The complexity as well as the sheer number of enclosures/hut sites made a traditional survey by Totalstation or GPS impractical. The paper presents the results from the survey and their archaeological implications.
Heritage Council
Publication Themes
Humanities in Context