Events and excursions, Spring 2008
REPORT OF LECTURE: SATURDAY 8 MARCH, MAURICE BARLEY LECTURE
Dr Malcolm Hislop
Dr Malcolm Hislop and Michael Lobb from Birmingham Archaeology spoke on the use of laser scanning in the archaeological recording of historic buildings. They began by referring to the influence of Maurice Barley on their careers. Their lecture was illustrated throughout which made clear how laser scanning equipment operates, the recording that can be done with it and the reconstructions which can be made. Ten or more years ago the camera was used to give a detailed record, the equipment constantly moved so that the image was taken at 90 degrees. Laser scanning does this now but with no need to move the equipment after the initial position in relation to the subject is established. I have vague memories of trigonometry in my school days to understand how these things can be. We live in exciting times when new instruments give new research that can be carried out and new information obtained about the past.