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Digital imaging and prehistoric imagery: a new analysis of the Folkton Drums

Digital imaging and prehistoric imagery: a new analysis of the Folkton Drums
Digital imaging and prehistoric imagery: a new analysis of the Folkton Drums
The Folkton ‘Drums’ constitute three of the most remarkable decorated objects from Neolithic Britain. New analysis using Reflectance Transformation Imaging and photogrammetry has revealed evidence for previously unrecorded motifs, erasure and reworking. Hence these chalk drums were not decorated according to a single, pre-ordained scheme, but were successively carved and recarved over time. Such practices may have been widespread in the making of artefacts in Neolithic Britain. The study of these drums also demonstrates the ability of these new techniques not only to record visible motifs, but to document erased and reworked motifs clearly.
north yorkshire, uk, neolithic, erasure, experimentation, reworking, reflectance transformation imaging, photogrammetry
0003-598X
1083-1095
Jones, Andrew
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Cochrane, Andrew
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Dawson, Ian
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Jones, Andrew, Cochrane, Andrew, Carter, Chris, Dawson, Ian, Diaz-Guardamino, Marta, Kotoula, Eleni and Minkin, Louisa (2015) Digital imaging and prehistoric imagery: a new analysis of the Folkton Drums. Antiquity, 89 (347), 1083-1095. (doi:10.15184/aqy.2015.127).

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The Folkton ‘Drums’ constitute three of the most remarkable decorated objects from Neolithic Britain. New analysis using Reflectance Transformation Imaging and photogrammetry has revealed evidence for previously unrecorded motifs, erasure and reworking. Hence these chalk drums were not decorated according to a single, pre-ordained scheme, but were successively carved and recarved over time. Such practices may have been widespread in the making of artefacts in Neolithic Britain. The study of these drums also demonstrates the ability of these new techniques not only to record visible motifs, but to document erased and reworked motifs clearly.

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Accepted/In Press date: 31 January 2015
Published date: October 2015
Keywords: north yorkshire, uk, neolithic, erasure, experimentation, reworking, reflectance transformation imaging, photogrammetry
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 374970
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374970
ISSN: 0003-598X
PURE UUID: 0d1e7283-83bb-4a44-8227-b6e2a34e0a84

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Date deposited: 06 Mar 2015 16:21
Last modified: 16 Sep 2019 18:29

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Author: Andrew Jones
Author: Andrew Cochrane
Author: Chris Carter
Author: Ian Dawson
Author: Eleni Kotoula
Author: Louisa Minkin

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