Archaeological applications of polynomial texture mapping: analysis, conservation and representation

Earl, Graeme, Martinez, Kirk and Malzbender, Tom (2010) Archaeological applications of polynomial texture mapping: analysis, conservation and representation. Journal of Archaeological Science, 37, (8), 2040-2050. (doi:10.1016/j.jas.2010.03.009).


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Polynomial Texture Mapping is an image capture and processing technique that was developed by HP Labs in 2000. It enables the recording and representation of subtle surface details using a standard digital camera and lighting, and software that is free for non-commercial use. Cultural heritage applications have been associated with the technology from its earliest stages, including examples in areas such as cuneiform, numismatics, rock art, lithics and Byzantine art. The paper begins by outlining the technical principles involved. It then brings together the extant work in the field. Through examples developed by the University of Southampton in partnership with a range of UK and international bodies it demonstrates the benefits of the technology in the areas of archaeological analysis, conservation and representation. Finally it considers the future possibilities of this technology and ongoing developments.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.jas.2010.03.009
ISSNs: 0305-4403 (print)
1095-9238 (electronic)
Keywords: acrg, rtisad, polynomial texture mapping, ptm, rti, imaging, scanning, surface recording, conservation, computer graphics
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science
ePrint ID: 156253
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
August 2010Published
24 March 2010Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2010 09:43
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:26
The Portus Project
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/E509517/1)
Led by: Simon James Keay
1 March 2007 to 1 April 2011
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