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It’s not an Illustration; it’s a Graphic Database: Rock Art Documentation in the Digital Age

Author(s): Lindsay Vermillion ; Carolyn Boyd

Year: 2016

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Shumla incorporates new technologies that are revolutionizing rock art illustration and documentation. This presentation discusses the method developed by Shumla to engage these technologies in the production of graphic databases. Using Adobe Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq Interactive Pen Display, digital Photoshop layers are used to graphically document data for individual figures. These living documents include accurate scale illustrations and the color calibrated and enhanced photographs used to produce the illustrations. Additional layers serve as maps documenting locations of analyses conducted in the field, such as digital microscopy to determine paint stratigraphy, non-destructive elemental analyses of the pigment, and collected sample locations for radiocarbon dating. This approach not only increases data integrity and replicability, it also provides a dynamic, visual record for individual rock art figures and, collectively, entire rock art murals.

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It’s not an Illustration; it’s a Graphic Database: Rock Art Documentation in the Digital Age. Lindsay Vermillion, Carolyn Boyd. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403469)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America