Semiautomatic fragments matching and virtual reconstruction: a case study on ceramics

Kotoula, Eleni (2016) Semiautomatic fragments matching and virtual reconstruction: a case study on ceramics. International Journal of Conservation Science, 7 (1). pp. 71-86. ISSN 2067-533X

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Artefacts' reconstruction is a fundamental part of conservation and one of the most common remedial conservation activities with great contribution to archaeological research. The manual procedure for fragments' matching is a painstaking, time- and space-consuming operation. As a result the development of working methodologies for digital refitting of fragments is of fundamental importance for archaeological research and conservation practice. This study presents a comparative analysis of manual and digital reconstruction, which has never been explored even if computer scientists have achieved many developments in the field of digital refitting. Results indicate the parallels between manual and digital processes in terms of durability, integrity and practicality. Also, in order to provide methodological directions to conservators, three different semi-automatic fragments matching approaches based on their effectiveness in managing the project and alignment of fragments were used A combined strategy, making use of different pieces of software, is recommended. In addition, the modelling techniques for digital restoration were described along with the uses of the virtually restored artefact. Faenza maiolica, black-glazed, Gnathian and coarse ware ceramics were used as case studies.

Keywords:digital refitting, virtual reconstruction, digital restoration, fragments' matching
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V450 Archaeological conservation
Divisions:College of Arts
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Deposited On:05 Mar 2018 14:55

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