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Images and Artefacts of the Ancient World

Alan K. Bowman and Michael Brady


These fifteen chapters 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, equip ... More

Keywords: imaging, image analysis, image display, diffusion, artefacts, historical context, visual cognition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780197262962
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan K. Bowman, editor
Camden Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy

Michael Brady, editor
BP Professor of Information Engineering, University of Oxford; Fellow of the British Academy

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Michael Brady, and Alan K. Bowman

Chapter 1 Wooden Stilus Tablets from Roman Britain

Alan K. Bowman, and Roger S. O. Tomlin

Chapter 2 Shadow Stereo, Image Filtering, and Constraint Propagation

Michael Brady, Xiao-Bo Pan, Veit Schenk, Melissa Terras, Paul Robertson, and Nicholas Molton

Chapter 3 Digitising Cuneiform Tablets

Carlo Vandecasteele, Luc Van Gool, Karel Van Lerberghe, Johan Van Rompay, and Patrick Wambacq

Chapter 6 Automatic Creation of Virtual Artefacts from Video Sequences

Andrew W. Fitzgibbon, Geoff Cross, and Andrew Zisserman

Chapter 8 Modelling Sagalassos: Creation of a 3D Archaeological Virtual Site

Luc Van Gool, Marc Pollefeys, Marc Proesmans, and Alexey Zalesny

Chapter 13 Shape from Profiles

Roberto Cipolla, and Kwan-Yee K. Wong

Chapter 15 Reconstruction of a 3D Mummy Portrait from Roman Egypt

Alf Linney, João Campos, and Ghassan Alusi