Ontology-Based Photogrammetric Survey in Underwater Archaeology

  • Pierre DrapEmail author
  • Odile Papini
  • Jean-Chrisophe Sourisseau
  • Timmy Gambin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10577)


This work addresses the problem of underwater archaeological surveys from the point of view of knowledge. We propose an approach based on underwater photogrammetry guided by a representation of knowledge used, as structured by ontologies. Survey data feed into to ontologies and photogrammetry in order to produce graphical results. This paper focuses on the use of ontologies during the exploitation of 3D results. JAVA software dedicated to photogrammetry and archaeological survey has been mapped onto an OWL formalism. The use of procedural attachment in a dual representation (JAVA - OWL) of the involved concepts allows us to access computational facilities directly from OWL. As SWRL The use of rules illustrates very well such ‘double formalism’ as well as the use of computational capabilities of ‘rules logical expression’. We present an application that is able to read the ontology populated with a photogrammetric survey data. Once the ontology is read, it is possible to produce a 3D representation of the individuals and observing graphically the results of logical spatial queries on the ontology. This work is done on a very important underwater archaeological site in Malta named Xlendi, probably the most ancient shipwreck of the central Mediterranean Sea.


Underwater archaeology Photogrammetry Ontology JAVA 



This work is partially done in the framework of the projects GROPLAN (ANR-13-CORD-0014) and ASPIQ (ANR-12-BS02-0003) funded by ANR, the French agency for scientific research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Drap
    • 1
    Email author
  • Odile Papini
    • 1
  • Jean-Chrisophe Sourisseau
    • 2
  • Timmy Gambin
    • 3
  1. 1.Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, ENSAM, Université De Toulon, LSIS UMR 7296, Domaine Universitaire de Saint-Jérôme, Bâtiment PolytechMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, CCJ UMR 7299Aix En ProvenceFrance
  3. 3.University of MaltaMsidiMalta

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