Lecture: Carved in Stone - Reflectance Transformation Imaging for Heritage Conservation

24 February 2017 13:00 to 14:30

Venue: The British Institue at Ankara, Tahran Caddesi 24, Kavaklıdere, Ankara


Lecture by Alan M. Greaves (University of Liverpool) and Yiğit Erbil (Hacettepe University)

Lecture Title: Carved in Stone - RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) for Heritage Conservation in Turkey

Rock reliefs are an important feature of many of the Anatolian civilisations that have defined the identity of modern Turkish state and are a dominant feature in the Turkish landscape. As well as forming a key part of the artistic legacy of the Hittites, rock reliefs were also created by Greek, Roman and Islamic period cultures. As rock carvings, they pose a specific cultural heritage protection problem, as unlike other antiquities and artefacts, they cannot be transferred to museums for safe keeping.

For the Carved in Stone project, the University of Liverpool will use the grant awarded by the Cultural Protection Fund to protect and record rock reliefs. They will use Reflective Transformation Imaging (RTI)  to record rock reliefs at risk, and through community-based heritage education change attitudes to cultural heritage in local communities in Turkey.

RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) is a lightweight user-friendly technology that uses digital photographs to create highly detailed interactive digital images of artefacts and monuments. Our new project will train members of the Turkish heritage community in the technology and provide technical support to projects recording stone reliefs and inscriptions across Turkey. This event will provide a brief introduction to the technology, demonstrations of sample reliefs and inscriptions and examples of how it can be used for conservation, recording and more accurate reading and analysis of these important but vulnerable monuments.


Dr Alan M. Greaves is Senior Lecturer (Doçent) at the University of Liverpool. He has worked on excavations and surveys across Turkey for over 20 years and has written books on Miletos, Ionia and the pioneering British archaeologist John Garstang. 

Dr. Yiğit H. Erbil has been working at the University of Hacettepe. He has worked on excavations at Panaztepe and Çeşme Bağlararası and since 2012, he has been running a survey project in Konya Beyşehir under his supervision. 


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