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RTI workshop at Winchester Cathedral

6 March, 2013

On the 1st February the OuRTI team went up to Winchester Cathedral to help run an RTI workshop. The cathedral contains a range of highly important memorial inscriptions and is also home to a huge collection of graffiti spanning several hundred years. The event, organised by James Miles from the Archaeological Computing Research Group, aimed to help researchers and tour guides at Winchester Cathedral to use computational photography to document and to better understand these inscriptions.

Nicole Beale and her group record ledger stones making previously unreadable inscriptions visible for the first time.

Nicole Beale and her group record ledger stones making previously unreadable inscriptions visible for the first time.

The day was a huge success and attracted a wide range of participants. Many brought their own cameras and equipment and left with the skills to produce their own RTIs. The event was a valuable opportunity for us to continue to develop techniques which we have been using in our work with the Churches Conservation Trust. Particularly interesting was the recording of ledgerstones, memorial stones which are placed into the floor of the church. The instriptions on these stones are frequently highly eroded and consequently RTI is a very useful technique which can help us to read inscriptions which are undocumented and which have been unreadable for many years.

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