Online Conference
RTI Research in Telmessos (Fethiye)
Dr. Alan M. Greaves

The first systematic and scientific archaeological survey of the tombs of ancient Telmessos (Fethiye) began in 2017, using the state-of-the art digital recording technique of Virtual Reflectance Transformation Imaging (V-RTI). Working in partnership with Akdeniz University, in 2022 we were able to extend our survey to include all known tombs and inscriptions in Fethiye.

V-RTI is a rapid, lightweight and non-contact form of digital recording that produces interactive images of inscriptions and reliefs to highlight fine details that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It is perfect for use in a complex urban environment such Fethiye and can also be used to record reliefs and inscriptions in inaccessible locations. We also used Dstretch, a digital method that highlights non-visible light wavelengths to reveal wall paintings that have been washed away or eroded.

Using V-RTI in this way we have found new inscriptions, added important new meanings and details to previously published inscriptions, and given new insights into the meaning of reliefs. The application of Dstretch has provided evidence for painted architectural decoration on a number of tombs. Together, both techniques have also shown us a centuries long tradition of engraved and painted graffiti that give us a deeper insight into the long maritime history of Fethiye.



November 02, 2022 – 19:00


November 02, 2022 – 21:00