A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF ARCHAEOLOGY
A fascinating exhibition that shows how aerial photography was used in the 20th century to unearth unknown natural and cultural history formations.
The bird's eye view technique of mapping and documenting relics of bygone times is known as aerial photography - an internationally recognised field science. Its primary purpose is to take photographs from above to discover and document traces of cultures and natural history remains and relics in the countryside.
The military, who pioneered the science of aerial photography, began working in this area at the beginning of the 20th century and the first aerial photographs of archaeological relics were taken around Stonehenge in England and the Roman Forum in Italy.
The IK Foundation exhibition includes a core of 18, framed photographs that describe the various techniques used. Most of the photographs have been taken in Britain and Scandinavia. These photographs can be complemented with photographs from the region where the exhibition is shown. The combination of the 18 core photographs that explain the techniques combined with local photographs makes the exhibition of great interest to everybody who is interested in archaeology, geography, geology, aerial photography, photo interpretation and photography in general.
A special guide, The Explorer's Exhibition Guide, has been produced to help guide visitors through the exhibition. An inspiring introduction to the exhibition and the search for ancient cultures and geological formations is the book Discovering History using Aerial Photography.