Digital Excavations


Three-dimensional documentation is commonly used in support of documentation, data management and data analysis in the archaeological excavations carried out at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Lund University. This data, stored in the servers of the faculty, is now accessible and navigable for both researchers and students. An Interactive Visualization System is available for each investigation project, allowing to navigate in three dimensions their contexts and materials.

An Interactive Reporting System is now available for the Kämpinge Project, as a part of Paola Derudas’ PhD project “Documenting, Interpreting, Publishing, Re-using", with the goal of defining and designing new forms for the publication of archaeological excavations through the application of targeted technologies. Despite the widespread use of innovative 3D data storage and management tools, indeed, text-and-image reports are still the main source of information on archaeological research, and it is quite difficult to access this kind of information by means differently. Through the use of a web-based platform, the three-dimensional contents of the four Kämpinge excavation campaigns are published online, dynamically merged and integrated with the other media produced, becoming crucial elements of the interactive narrative.

This new interactive publication, that was customized according to the specific needs of the project thanks to the great possibilities for the online publication of three-dimensional contents already available, is the first of a series which will be implemented in the DARKLab website.