The unique rock art of the Russian Altai is increasingly suffering from human and natural processes. Without well-directed action and documentation it will be practically impossible to establish conservation initiatives and, eventually, many of these sites will be lost. This paper presents an overview of the different processes affecting this rock art, based on fifteen years of observations in the region and recent three-dimensional (3D) photorealistic documentation. A cost-effective 3D workflow for rock art recording and research is discussed as a possible way to tackle this worsening situation. The application of 3D documentation in rock art research has seen an explosive growth during recent years, but its use is still maturing and a strategy on how to deal with the models is still lacking.
|Journal||Rock Art Research|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
- PhotoScan – Altai Mountains – Three-dimensional recording – Petroglyph
Plets, G., Verhoeven, G., Cheremisin, D., Plets, R., Bourgeois, J., Stichelbaut, B., Gheyle, W., & De Reu, J. (2012). The deteriorating preservation of the Altai Rock Art: Assessing three-dimensional image-based modelling in rock art reseach and management. Rock Art Research, 29(2), 139-156. http://uir.ulster.ac.uk/24984/1/29-2_Altai.pdf