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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), pp. 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.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 24 March 2010
Published date: August 2010
Keywords: acrg, rtisad, polynomial texture mapping, ptm, rti, imaging, scanning, surface recording, conservation, computer graphics
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science, Archaeology


Local EPrints ID: 156253
ISSN: 0305-4403
PURE UUID: b0aa7694-c222-4816-ad0d-58aa148e42ff
ORCID for Graeme Earl: ORCID iD
ORCID for Kirk Martinez: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 02 Jun 2010 09:43
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:43

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Author: Graeme Earl ORCID iD
Author: Kirk Martinez ORCID iD
Author: Tom Malzbender

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