Jezreel Valley Regional Project Archaeology and History of a Regional Landscape


JVRP White Papers in Archaeological Technology (WPAT)

The WPAT series is designed to document the variety of technologies employed in the field and lab by the Jezreel Valley Regional Project. In some cases similar technologies are already being used by other excavations, in other cases, we present new technologies or new applications and procedures for existing technologies. In the papers below, you will find detailed summaries of technologies and their applications in archaeology, step by step procedures for using these technologies, detailed bibliographies and links for further information. Our goals for the WPAT program are to document and to make transparent our data acquisition as a supplement to our other publications, and to provide useful guides for other archaeological projects to utilize as they see fit. The papers are dynamic - they will be updated with new ideas, techniques, and technology over time.

3D Modeling for Archaeological Documentation: using the JVRP Method to record archaeological excavations with millimeter-accuracy (Adam B. Prins, September 2016)

Coming soon:

Integrated XRF Analysis Field and Lab Methodologies


Practical Uses for Photogrammetry on Archaeological Excavations* (Adam B. Prins and Matthew J. Adams, December 2012) *superseded by the new 3D Modeling paper linked above

Reprinted on BAS Archaeological Technology website

3D Models

The JVRP Method for documenting archaeological excavations in based on highly accurate 3D models. One of the major benefits of this method is that the resulting models can be easily shared and viewed by anyone using a modern web browser.  Below are just a couple of examples from the JVRP's excavations at Legio.

Check out our profile on Sketchfab for more models!



In order to accomplish some of our goals, the Jezreel Valley Regional Project often needs software tools that haven't yet been developed. This page will house information about software that is being developed by the JVRP and affiliated team members.


TS_Formatter takes the raw data that is exported from a total station and parses it into simple, human-readable formats. One can view the data and interactively edit it. Once the data is ready, it can be exported as a spreadsheet or .dxf file as well as formatted for printing.

Visitors are free to download and experiment with TS_Formatter.

TS_Formatter's development is ongoing, and changes are frequent. It is produced and maintained by Peter Ostrin. Please contact him for additional information.


Because georectification software “thinks” in a topographical coordinate system, the x, y, z, values of the points on a vertical section must be dealt with differently than normal topographical coordinates. If they are not, the georectification software will attempt to “look” at the image from the top - i.e. as though it were looking at a physical photograph from above with the photograph standing on its edge. The x, y, z, points, must be converted so that the georectification software “thinks” that looking directly onto the vertical photograph is the same as looking down at a horizontal plane - i.e. the z-value (up and down) should become the y-value (north and south) in the converted coordinate system. TS_Sectioner is custom software that conducts this conversion automatically.

Visitors are free to download and experiment with TS_Sectioner.

TS_Sectioner's development is ongoing, and changes are frequent. It is produced and maintained by Peter Ostrin. Please contact him for additional information.

Check out our new LiDAR-based flyover of Tel Megiddo East!


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