The aerial view, at once revealing and transformative, can offer a strange and powerful glimpse into the past. This PhD project aims to better understand how an emerging array of aerial platforms and digital image processing techniques can be used creatively to enhance public engagement with built heritage and it's associated archaeological narrative.
In the course of this practice-led study I have used a variety of methods - from kite aerial platforms to light aircraft - to photograph heritage sites from a range of altitudes, and have travelled the length and breadth of Scotland seeking out some the most beautiful and significant historical and prehistoric monuments. The resulting body of work can be explored on my portfolio page
, while some animated outcomes - where I have reconstructed sites digitally using structure from motion photogrammetry - can be found on my showreel page
. Some of my written outcomes are accessible on my publications page
. I am always keen to discus ideas and hear any comments or feedback so please also feel free to contact me.
The Caterthuns are the site of two prehistoric hillforts perched on the periphery of the Grampian Mountains in Angus, Scotland. To climb these monuments is the best way to experience a landscape shaped by thousands of years of changing culture, and yet to witness the full complexity and scale of the hillforts requires a view from the air.
This film was produced during PhD research by Kieran Baxter which explored how aerial photography and creative visualisation technologies could be used to connect the archaeological interpretation of ancient monuments with the evocative landscapes of which they form part. This PhD was conducted at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, with support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Historic Environment Scotland and supervision from Prof Nigel Johnson, Dr John McGhee, Prof Chris Rowland and Prof Elaine Shemilt.
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