International colloquium “Scanning the hidden. LiDAR and 3D technologies applied to architecture research in the archaeology of the Metal Ages”

Due to the Covid19 pandemic, the commission’s planned conference for 2020 had to be postponed to 2021 and was eventually held as a virtual event. The conference aimed to explore the variety of methods and protocols for a scientific use of 3D technologies, applied to the study of later prehistoric architecture from the Metal Ages of Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, where these methods and protocols do not serve merely as a tool for illustration but as a tool for pushing the boundaries of knowledge and for creating a deeper understanding of past built environments. Methods covered at the conference included the processing of data obtained via orthophotography by satellite or drone, LiDAR scanning, and ground-penetrating radar, and the use of this data for 3D explorations of the prehistoric built environment.