Treasured Remains: Tomb Readers RTI Processing Day

Digital image processing for previous workshop attendees, or those with familiarity of photogrammetry or RTI

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Saturday 03 February 2018 10:00am until 4:00 pm

FREE - Registration Required

Get tickets from:
Phil Richardson, Archaeology Scotland,, 0300 012 9878

Event's Address:

Stonehouse Lifestyles 2 Udston Mill Rd Stonehouse ML9 3JL

Conservation begins by working together to better understand the heritage we have, why it’s important and any threats it may face. Come and join Archaeology Scotland and Kirkyard Consulting for a series of free events and activities to explore the historic graveyards of the Clyde and Avon Valley.

This event will help volunteers to process the images taken at St Patrick's graveyard, Dalzell estate, during the Tomb Readers RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) workshops. Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) involves taking photos which capture a surface’s shape and colour in 3 dimensions, and is used to reveal hidden details and inscriptions on worn or weathere surfaces - just like old gravestones. The workshop will teach you how you can process RTI images yourself.

Workshops are FREE but booking is essential via Phil Richardson, at Archaeology Scotland at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / 0300 012 9878.

This workshop will run on the 3 Feb 2018 at Stonehouse Lifestyles, 10am - 4pm

An example of RTI image processing using the RTI Builder software (Cultural Heritage Imaging -

Events in the Treasured Remains series are listed here:

Graveyard Detectives – Illustrated talk and family activities to launch the project. Saturday 9 September, New Lanark, 1-4pm

Uncovering Buried Tombstones – probing for and uncovering the buried stones so that the graveyard can be better recorded. Friday 22 and Saturday 23 September, St Patrick’s Churchyard, Dalzell Estate, 10am-4pm

Tomb Readers: Throwing New Light on Worn Inscriptions with Digital Photography – Learn how to use Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to take photos capturing a surface’s shape and colour using lights at different angles, to help uncover inscriptions and designs difficult to see with the naked eye. Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, St Patrick's Kirkyard, Dalzell Estate, 10am-4pm and Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October, St Michael’s Churchyard, Cambusnethan, 10am-4pm

What Lies Beneath? Discovering Graveyard Geophysics – Learn how geophysics is used to identify the hidden heritage that lies below the ground. Sunday 29 October, St Ninian’s Graveyard, Stonehouse, 10am-4pm

Telling Tales: An Introduction to Graveyard Research and Interpretation – Ever wonder where to find more information about a graveyard or how to explain the rich and unique history of a site to the general public? Come along to these workshops and we will take you through the journey from finding out more to presenting that information in an engaging way. Saturday 9 December, St Ninian’s Graveyard, Stonehouse, 10am-4pm and Saturday 13 January, New Lanark Burial Ground, 10am-4pm

Watch the video with Susan Buckham, Kirkyard Consulting, below.


Read the Treasured Remains Conservation Strategy for Historic Graveyards in the Clyde and Avon Valley undertaken by Kirkyard Consultants in 2011 below. 


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