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Google Earth Pro now Free!

Google Earth Pro reduced by $400!

Georeferenced LiDAR image of Bigbury Hill Fort, Canterbury, imported directly into Google Earth Pro. On January 30, 2015, Google announced that the Pro version of their Google Earth software would come down in price… to free. Until now, the Pro version would have set you back $400 per year. For those on a tight budget, (or with sense!), this was reason enough to stick with the free version and forgo the extra tools in Google Earth Pro.

I always felt that $400 per year was an almighty rip-off and was happy to integrate the free version within my workflow as far as it could go, and then use other tools where necessary. But what could you do with the $400 Google Earth Pro that you couldn’t do with Google Earth, and why should you now switch? Well, it’s not for higher-resolution imagery, as this is the same across all Google products. But the available toolkit for working with this imagery does increase.

skyphos-point-sectionGreek Skyphos Illustration

This is a quick post showing how 3D scan data can be used to create very accurate artefact illustration. The example here is a two-handled Greek skyphos from around the 5th century BCE and is in the Beaney Museum collection, Canterbury. This object lends itself well to scanning, as the opening is wide enough to allow for a complete scan inside and out. If the neck had been too narrow to allow scanning the inside, then the wall thickness would need to be estimated, but this would be true for a hand drawn illustration also.


Spectacular objects from Canterbury’s Roman past

The star attraction of Canterbury Roman Museum is the preserved remains of a Roman townhouse, with in-situ mosaics and under-floor heating. These remains were exposed during the Second World War after a devastating bombing raid in 1942. Rather than reburying, the townhouse was preserved by carefully building over the top of it, and it is this building which today serves as the Canterbury Roman Museum. It also has some pretty cool Roman columns as part of the museum frontage.

The museum holds some of the most spectacular finds from Canterbury’s Roman past, and also from the wider Kent area. Chief among these is the bronze Roman military helmet found in 2012, in a village just outside Canterbury.

Enjoy this selection of the exquisite Roman glass, pottery, metalware and other objects from the Canterbury Roman Museum. Click to make big.


Canterbury Roman helmet.

An incredibly well preserved bronze helmet, dated to the mid-1st century BCE Iron-Age, was found earlier this year near Canterbury by a metal detectorist who, thankfully, reported their find to Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT). CAT then carried out an excavation of the find spot to ensure that everything was fully recorded. Knowing that we have a high-resolution laser scanner at The University of Kent, CAT brought the helmet to us to see what this cutting edge technology would reveal.