“Firelight: Graphics and Archaeology” by Alan Chalmers

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    Firelight: Graphics and Archaeology


Company / Institution / Agency:

  • University of Bristol, United Kingdom


    The parietal art at the Cap Blanc cave site in France is a remarkable record of the earliest representational artistic expression. However, these ca rvings and paintings are often studied by archaeologists using modern light sources, such as floodlights, rather than firelight. The aim of this research is to examine the art accurately under the dynamic illumination provided by reconstructions of ancient firelight, without the need to take burning torches into these fragile sites. We used lase r -scanned data rendered using the Radiance lighting visualisation system to create this animation.

Additional Contributors:

    Contributors: Alan Chalmers, Chris Green, Michael Hall