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Low-cost semi-automatic image-based measurement and spatial analysis of ceramics



Year of publication 2018
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Spatial analysis of ceramic fragments from the cultural layers may provide us with useful information on the living spaces and urbanisation of the site. Besides analyzing quantities, weights etc. of the finds, spatial distribution of different size groups should be taken into account. The aim of our research is to provide an accessible method to implement semi-automatic image-based measurement of ceramic fragments into common research. Applicability during field excavation and also on the material from the older excavations is available. Therefore, it should be low-cost and user-friendly, so it will not be time consuming in the field and easily done with common research equipment such as a digital camera. In the first step we will discuss methodology of data acquisition, and their issues. Thereafter, an algorithm for image processing, its specification and results will be presented. Further statistical and spatial analysis will be compared with other results from the studied site. The idea of image-based measurement of artefacts is not new, but it is still making its way into Czech archaeological research. The input data comes from the systematic excavation of the Department of Archaeology and Museology of Masaryk University at Pohansko near Břeclav.
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