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Computer vision, archaeological classification and China's terracotta warriors

Bevan, A; Li, X; Martinón-Torres, M; Green, S; Rehren, T; Xia, Y; Zhao, K; ... Cao, W; + view all (2014) Computer vision, archaeological classification and China's terracotta warriors. Journal of Archaeological Science , 49 (1) 249 - 254. 10.1016/j.jas.2014.05.014. Green open access

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Abstract

Structure-from-motion and multiview-stereo together offer a computer vision technique for reconstructing detailed 3D models from overlapping images of anything from large landscapes to microscopic features. Because such models can be generated from ordinary photographs taken with standard cameras in ordinary lighting conditions, these techniques are revolutionising digital recording and analysis in archaeology and related subjects such as palaeontology, museum studies and art history. However, most published treatments so far have focused merely on this technique's ability to produce low-cost, high quality representations, with one or two also suggesting new opportunities for citizen science. However, perhaps the major artefact scale advantage comes from significantly enhanced possibilities for 3D morphometric analysis and comparative taxonomy. We wish to stimulate further discussion of this new research domain by considering a case study using a famous and contentious set of archaeological objects: the terracotta warriors of China's first emperor. © 2014 The Authors.

Type: Article
Title: Computer vision, archaeological classification and China's terracotta warriors
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2014.05.014
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2014.05.014
Additional information: © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1414213
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