Data Dialogue: Using spatial data to recreate medieval and postmedieval settlement and landscapes in Ireland: preliminary results from the Human-Environmental Exchange in the Landscapes of Medieval Ireland [HELM] Project

Oct 15

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Friday, October 15, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Dr. Vicky McAlister, Associate Professor at Southeast Missouri State University

The Human-Environmental Exchange in the Landscapes of Medieval Ireland [HELM] Project has concluded phase one of study, which successfully identified three medieval nucleated rural settlements from Ireland using photogrammetry data collected by drone flights. These settlements are not visible to the naked eye, and only the high-resolution data collected from the drone allows modeling that can lead to their identification. Initial conclusions from the project show that lack of visibility does not mean lack of existence, and instead suggests that we are only now starting to scratch the surface of our understanding of medieval settlement desertion, a situation that will hopefully be rectified by the increasing availability of digital interrogation methods like those employed in the project. We will give an overview of the project and its longer-term goals before discussing the collection methods used during the UAV flights. We will then briefly explain the workflows used to generate digital elevation models in Blue Marble Global Mapper and Esri ArcPro. We are pleased to showcase for the first time results from investigation at three new sites, completed in October 2021, including multispectral imaging of one site. Join on Zoom: