ROCK ART RECORDING IN KHATM AL MELAHA (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES): MULTIRANGE DATA SCANNING AND WEB MAPPING TECHNOLOGIES
Keywords: Petroglyphs, Iron Age, open-air rock art, 3D models, web mapping, open-source libraries, aerial and terrestrial photogrammetry
Abstract. The application of geometric recording data and representation of open-air rock art is intrinsically so heterogeneous that new online web platforms are required for a more efficient analysis to link all the geo-referenced information and facilitate its scientific study. From 2015 to 2018, three geometric documentation campaigns led by the Departamento de Ingeniería Topográfica y Cartografía of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) were completed in the area of Khatm al Melaha (Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) along the Gulf of Oman.
More than 370 rock art engraved motifs were documented in this area close to the southwest border with the Sultanate of Oman. All those figures were picked in 149 stone blocks with different dimensions and morphologies, distributed along the slope of an isolated 58-meter-high elevation.