Images and Artefacts of the Ancient World

Hardcover | May 20, 2005

EditorAlan K. Bowman, Michael Brady

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These fifteen papers explore the ways in which recent developments in imaging, image analysis, and image display and diffusion can be applied to objects of material culture in order to enhance historians' understanding of the period from which the objects came (in this case, the remote past). In interpreting artefacts, the historian acts out a perceptual-cognitive task of transforming often noisy and impoverished signals into semantically rich symbols that have to be set within a cultural and historical context. Engineering scientists, equipped with a range of sophisticated techniques,equipment and highly specialised knowledge, are not always as aware as they might be of the range and the exact nature of problems faced by historians in interpreting objects of material culture. By providing the opportunity for scholars from these communities to explain to each other what they aredoing and how, the papers explore the ways in which the scientific contributors and the historians are thinking about subjectivity of interpretation, visual cognition, and the need to improve methods of presenting evidence so as to feed directly back into their own scientific thinking and toencourage genuine innovation in their approach to developing methods of image-enhancement and interpretation of objects. A significant further dimension is the improvement of techniques of providing high quality images of important and valuable collections of original artefacts to scholars who cannot always study the originals directly. Another important development discussed here is the fact that such imagingtechniques now offer the researcher valuable insurance against the processes of deterioration to which such artefacts are inevitably subject. Seven of the papers are scientific and technical, while the other eight have an archaeological or historical focus.

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These fifteen papers explore the ways in which recent developments in imaging, image analysis, and image display and diffusion can be applied to objects of material culture in order to enhance historians' understanding of the period from which the objects came (in this case, the remote past). In interpreting artefacts, the historian ac...

Alan K. Bowman is a Camden Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy. Michael Brady is a BP Professor of Information Engineering, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 11.69 × 8.27 × 0.43 inPublished:May 20, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Michael Brady and Alan K Bowman: IntroductionAlan K Bowman and R S O Tomlin: Wooden stilus tablets from Roman BritainMichael Brady, Xiao-Bo Pan, Viet Schenk, Melissa Terns and Nicholas Molton: Shadow Stereo, image filtering, and constraint propagationCarlo Vandecasteele, Karel Van Lerberghe, Johan Van Rompay, and Patrick Wambacq: Digitising cuneiform tabletsJan O H Swantesson and Helmer Gustavson: Interpretation of ancient runic inscriptions by laser scanningMichael Greenhalgh: Virtual reality, relative accuracy: modelling architecture and sculpture with VRMLAndrew D Fitzgibbon, Geoff Cross and Andrew Zisserman: Automatic creation of virtual artefacts from video sequencesHugh Denard: At the foot of Pompey's statue: reconceiving Rome's theatrum lapideumLuc Van Gool, Marc Pollefeys, Marc Proesmans and Alexey Zalesny: Modelling Sagalassos: creation of a 3D archaeological virtual siteAndrew M Wallace: Three-simensional laser imaging and processing in an archaeological context;Jan J Koenderink: Movements of the mental eye in pictorial spaceChristopher J Howgego: The potential for image analysis in numismaticsEleni Schindler Kaudelka and Ulrike Fastner: Italian terra sigillata with applique decoration: digitising, visualising and web-publishingRoberto Cipolla and Kwan-Yee K Wong: Shape from profilesR A H Heave and A J N W Prag: The skull as the armature of the face: reconstructing ancient facesAlf Linney, Joao Campos and Ghassan Alusi: Reconstruction of a 3D mummy portrait from Roman Egypt