ArchEyeAutomatic summer school 2017: Cameras, Drones, and Laser scanning. Modern ways to document ancient objects

This summer school will be held from July 26th to July 28th 2017 at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lorsch Abbey.


Digital documentation and preservation is a key knowledge for archaeologists, no matter in which research area they are working in. This summer school gives a short introduction in the main digital methods currently used along with practical experience in real environments producing real data. The methods we want to show you are broad:

  • Structure from motion: This method uses a series of images to create 3D models. Can be used for small finds to whole buildings (with drones)
  • Drones: With drones, Structure from motion can acquire whole buildings or even landscapes. Several methods, from fixed wing (small airplanes) to multirotor drones will be shown.
  • Laser scanning: This device can create high precision point clouds in very short time and is very useful for all kind of documentation tasks.
  • Structured light scanner: This device is especially suited for small finds and objects. It projects actively light on the object to detect surfaces. The precision and quality is very high.
  • David scanner: A low-budget version of the Structured Light Scanner using laser beams. The results are very good.
  • Ground Penetrating Radar: Makes structures in the earth visible without excavating. One of the so called “non invasive methods”
  • Analysis of airborne LiDAR: Covering large areas, airborne LiDAR can help to detect a lot of archaeological remains, even in forested areas.
  • Geographic Information Systems: With the help of Geographic information systems, the analysis of historic movements, distribution systems and many more became possible.


This summerschool and the ArchEyeAutomatic project is funded by the University of Heidelberg’s Excellence Initiative with the special funds for twinning projects.


University of Heidelberg
Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing
Research Group Optimization, Robotics, and Biomechanics
Berliner Str. 45
69120 Heidelberg, Germany