The first photomosaic utilizing this methodology was of the 110 meter-long REGIO Vl, lNSULA l on the Via Consolare which borders the city wall at the Herculaneum Gate on the north side of the city. It was produced for archaeologists on the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii (AAPP) in 2003.
Between 2002 and 2005 techniques
were developed in Pompeii that combine high-definition digital
photography and precise, geomatic (surveying) rectification to create
orthographic photomosaics of standing structures. This approach is
especially appropriate for recording the building frontages in Pompeii
because of their linear construction. The methodology has been tested
in several areas of the city and the resulting photomosaics are being
used by archaeologists working on conservation, archaeological research and architectural
analyses. These images are
accurate, to scale and provide extreme detail and true color.
The Via dell’Abbondanza was selected as the focus of this project because of its importance as a major thoroughfare and
the variety and condition of its structures. Recording the current
state of the entire 900-meter street will provide accurate
documentation for traditional and digital archives and may prove useful for future