James Miles

My research includes a number of three dimensional recording techniques, namely triangulation laser scanner, time of flight and phase laser scanning, LiDAR, photogrammetry, structured light and computed tomography scanning. I am also heavily involved in the photographic capturing within the Archaeological Computing Research Group with expertise in general and multispectral  photography, gigapixel imaging and Reflectance Transformation Imaging. Other research interests including building surveying and geophysics where I have a wealth of experience through many university run projects. I completed my Ba with Upper Second Class Honours at the University of Southampton in 2009 followed by my Msc in 2010 at the same university. My Msc dissertation followed the use of interactive models within the publication of the excavation record.

My current research is focused on the relevance of structural analysis within archaeological interpretation and archaeological modelling with Winchester cathedral close being used as a case study.

The research focuses on the combination of different recording techniques currently used within archaeology such as laser scanning, photogrammetry and building surveying to create a system of models that replicate the basic form of building. Structural analysis is then used to identify the structural integrity of these buildings identifying how the building may have have changed over time. This work will then be compared to 3D models of past buildings and be used to clarify the layout of the building, adding to the integrity of the 3D representation.

Whilst completing my PhD I am lucky enough to be involved in a number of funded projects which use my expertise in 3D recording. I was a key figure within the AHRC Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) project and I am currently involved within the teaching of this technique to acadmiec students and community groups. I am heavily involved within the AHRC Portus project through the recording and processing of laser scan data from which I have created a series of animations. In total I have completed over 500 scans of the site having only covered about 10% of the overall area. My research interests at Portus are based on laser scanning and the integration within the archaeological investigation. I am the 3D recording expert for the project and whilst completing laser scanning on site I am also involved within the photogrammetry and RTI data collection. Within this project I am also one of the supervisors involved in the field school that is currently running on site.

I am also involved within the AHRC Parnassus project which is directly related to my PhD with my specialities of laser scanning, photogrammetry, CAD and structural analysis being integrated into the project. The project aims to identify how water and wind driven rain can affect historic buildings and we have created a novel way to identify the moisture content within walls using ERT.

My other research interests are based on how 3D recording can aid archaeological understanding of known subjects. I was one of the lead researchers within the photogrammetry and RTI survey of Easter Island statue Hoa Hakananai’a (http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/article00998.html) and I was also one of the lead investigators of the CT scanning of the Selby Coin Hoard (http://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/jul/09/x-rays-reveal-secrets-roman-coins). I have also just completed a principle investigation into the use of laser scanning and RTI within the understanding of Etruscan votives with Dr Rebecca Flemming at the University of Cambridge with future research planned. I am also, in collaboration with Kris Strutt from the University of Southampton, creating a series of geophysical surveys of Winchester to identify the Medieval and Roman layout of the historic city.

In addition to the projects and my main research interests, I am also lucky enough to be involved in the teaching of both Undergraduate and Master students at the University of Southampton. I have been directly involved with a number of dissertation projects including David Selmo’s research into the use of Underwater RTI.

I have a series of publications to my name and I am currently working on a number of papers and book chapters on my research.

Whilst completing my PhD I have also started a digital cultural heritage company called Archaeovision with Hembo Pagi. We specialise in Laser scanning, Photogrammetry, RTI, Photography and Web development. We have two separate organisations. The first deals with the commercial application of these techniques – archaeovision.eu .The second focuses more on the research and development of these techniques and is run as non-profit company – archaeovision.org. More can be found on our websites.