Dr. Dante Abate

Job Title and Responsibilities

Research Fellow, Digital Forensic Archaeology Project (Dig For Arch), Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship, Grant Agreement n. 708974

About Me

In 2017, I began working at the Centre of Archaeology as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow on the “Digital Forensic Archaeology Project {Dig-For-Arch)“. My background is in the humanities: I have an undergraduate degree in the History of Art, a Diploma of Specialization in Protection and Valorisation of Historical & Artistic Heritage, a degree in Cultural Heritage and a Ph.D. in E-learning Development and Delivery, which I completed in 2009. Over the last decade, my research activity and professional practice has focused on applying 3D modelling techniques in the field of humanities and cultural heritage.
I joined the Centre of Archaeology from the Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center at the Cyprus Institute, where I was a Research Assistant from September 2015 until February 2017. Here, I focused on the application of image-based and range-based techniques for archaeological and heritage documentation. I still continue to serve as Research Affiliate at the Cyprus Institute to work on joint projects.
In 2008, I was a visiting scholar at The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (University of Virginia, USA, 2008) and a Research Fellow at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development ENEA (2009-2015). In 2012 I was selected to participate in the 28° Italian Research Expedition in Antarctica to perform Terrestrial Laser Scanning surveys in the Terranova Bay area.
I have published extensively on the subjects of archaeological site survey, laser scanning and 3D modelling.


PhD, Dip. BA (Hons)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

  • CIPA Heritage Documentation

Journal Referee:

Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage,
Journal of Cultural Heritage



  • Photogrammetry

  • Terrestrial Laser Scanning

  • 3D Modelling

  • Digital Archaeology

  • Cultural Heritage Management

  • Adapting Digital Archaeological Methods for Use at Crime Scenes

  • 3D Web Visualization

Research Interests

Develop and apply the most state-of-the-art and innovative 3D, 4D, 5D digital recording methods for use by forensic archaeologists and crime scene investigators, drawing on a variety of disciplinary approaches. Set up new standards in the investigation and re-presentation of crime scenes which can be implemented across Europe.

Selected Publications

Recent papers

Symposium Proceedings: Forensic Scenario

  • Abate, D., Toschi, I., Sturdy Colls, C., Remondino, F., 2017. Testing a Low Cost Panoramic Camera for the Documentation of Contaminated Crime Scenes. In: The Int. Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Vol. 42(2/W8), pp. 1-8.

Journal Article:

  • 3D Database Systems
    Abate, D. Avgousti, A. Faka, M. Hermon, S. Bakirtzis, N and Christofi, P. An Online 3d Database System For Endangered Architectural And Archaeological Heritage In The South-Eastern Mediterranean. In: The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XLII-2/W3, 2017 3D Virtual Reconstruction and Visualization of Complex Architectures, 1–3 March 2017, Nafplio, Greece.
  • Photogrammetry
    Abate, D., Menna, F. Remondino, F., Gattari, M.G., 2014. 3D painting documentation: evaluation of conservation conditions with imaging and ranging techniques, The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences (ISPRS Archives), Proceedings of the ISPRS Technical Commission V Symposium “Close-range imaging, ranging and applications”, Riva del Garda, Italy 23-25 June 2014
  • Abate, D. Hermon, S. and Eliades, I. 2016. Virtual and Physical Recomposition Of Fragmented Ecclesiastical Frescoes Using A Photogrammetric Approach. In: The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, Volume XLI-B5, 2016 XXIII ISPRS Congress, 12–19 July 2016, Prague, Czech Republic.
Symposium Proceedings: Online Data Presentation
  • Abate, D., Jiménez Fenández-Palacios, B., Migliori, S., Pierattini, S., Remondino, F., Rizzi, A., 2012. Remote Rendering and Visualization of Large Textured 3D Models, in Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, Milan 2 – 5 September 2012
  • Abate, A. and David, M. 2015. Out Of The Archaeologist’s desk drawer: Communicating Archaeological data Online. In: Annals of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Cipa Symposium, Taipei, Taiwan, August 31 – September 4 2015.


Dr Dante Abate
Staffordshire University
L214, Flaxman Building
College Road
t: +44 (0)1782 294776
e: dante.abate@staffs.ac.uk