The two digital projects that I am creating as part of my dissertation are:
A GIS mapping project featuring the fortresses, monasteries and churches that were occupied by military-religious orders in Medieval Iberia. I began this project by creating ADIMO, the Architectural Database of Iberian Military Orders. The second portion of the project involves viewshed analysis. The best way to explain this technology is it chooses an “avatar” location – in my case the top of a fortress – then asks every pixel on that terrain map if it can be seen by a person standing at the avatar location. The maps you see in the viewshed analysis section were taken from a talk I gave at the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI in 2012.
The second digital project takes a much closer view of two fortress-monastery headquarters for the order of Calatrava and the order of Montesa. This project digitally reconstructs these two partially ruined military-monastic complexes using photogrammetry to obtain a detailed “cloud” of 3D data from a series of regimented 2D photographs. I captured this data in March 2013 using a handheld DSLR mounted on a 15 ft. pole, as well as a small point and click camera attached to the line of a kite that I flew over the site. Having captured the extant wall fabric, I began reconstruction of the sites using 3D graphics programs so that I can enter the sites virtually, asking questions about how different members of the military orders might have moved through the sites in different ways. In the end, I hope to make the case that these two structures reveal a great deal about how the Christian military orders expressed their identities through the construction of large military-monastic complexes on the Christian-Muslim frontier.
The 3D portions of this site are currently composed of photogrammetry experiments. You can see them in the photogrammetry section of this site.