Owensboro man working on major project in Israel

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(UNC MEDIA HUB) – Archaeology excavations require the time and expertise of professionals from many different fields.

Brad Erickson, from Owensboro, is a Ph.D. candidate and Archaeologist at UNC Chapel Hill. He develops 3D simulators and photogrammetry for a project in Israel.

“So, we use photogrammetry here like a tool. Photogrammetry is the processing of photos for the purpose of measuring space.”

Each member of the team in Israel has a specific job and function.

Erickson’s job is to help to develop a picture of the past that everyone can learn from.

“It made 3D visualizations of what they synagogue may have looked like. So, I’ve incorporated these mosaics. I also use 3D modeling programs so I build archaeological elements and then I put it in virtual reality and instead of an HCTV VR system and people can put on their headsets and walk around the mosaic and the buildings and different areas of the site.”

A professor from New York University — Patrick Angiolillo — works alongside Brad for many hours every day.

“I see him as kind of a role model for myself. He’s a young archeologist who is doing good work that I think is going to take the field of archelogy into the future.”

Archaeological excavations are centered around documenting and preserving the past.

Brad and his colleagues say that they are also interested in forming relationships across the many fields required on a dig of this magnitude and importance.

And Erickson is a graduate of Daviess County High School in Owensboro.

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This story was originally published on July 3, 2019.

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