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Standard procedure in the preparation of any architectural conservation project would normally include a thorough documentation of the existing conditions of the structures or artifacts in their ‘in situ’ condition – as they were found on the day when the project commences. This would be expected to consist of measured drawings and full photographic surveys, undertaken by a professional archaeologist. All heritage bodies appreciate repair and upgrade works are essential to ensure continued survival, and these are usually permissible on the condition that the survey work is thorough and correct, and that the records are donated to the growing archive of information on the UK’s listed buildings. 

I recently read an excellent article on Bldg-Blog about an archaeology project being undertaken by The Factum Foundation that is utilising state of the art laser mapping technology coupled with the latest advances in 3D surface printing to create an exact 1:1 replica…

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