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Images and Artefacts of the Ancient World$
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Alan K. Bowman and Michael Brady

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262962

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262962.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Images and Artefacts of the Ancient World

Michael Brady

Alan K. Bowman

British Academy

This book is a result of the joint research project on the image enhancement of ancient documents. It brings together researches and projects in such way techniques and results could be discussed in a way which would capitalize the possibilities of cross-fertilization, of generalizing techniques from a category of object or problem to another, and encourage people to think laterally and in interdisciplinary way on advancing techniques of imaging and visual understanding of objects under study. It aims to instil awareness of the extent to which scientific contributions are thinking about subjectivity of interpretation, visual cognition, and the need to improve methods of presenting evidence in ways which feed their scientific thinking and encourage genuine innovation of approach to developing methods of image enhancement. The chapters of this volume offer a wide range of treatment of artefacts and of techniques, many of which could be applied to a broader range of materials. While this volume did not include all scientific techniques and artefacts, it includes all artefacts which require three-dimensional (3D) imaging techniques. In this volume, the main themes are: imaging documents, laser imaging, 3D reconstructions, reconstruction of faces and depth perception from relief.

Keywords:   image enhancement, ancient documents, researches and projects, techniques of imaging, interpretation, visual cognition, treatment of artefacts, 3D imaging techniques, imaging documents, laser imaging

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