Simulation of an Archaeological Disaster: Reassembling a Fragmented Amphora Using the Thickness Profile Method

  • Michail I. Stamatopoulos
  • Christos-Nikolaos AnagnostopoulosEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11196)


In this paper, we simulate the incredible story of the Francois Vase, on a remarkable ancient amphora depicting Achilles and Briseis exhibited in the provincial museum Sigismondo Castromediano in Lecce, Italy. A high precision handmade replica of the original red-figure style masterpiece, 50 cm tall, from the collection of the museum in Lecce was built, fully decorated in our laboratory and then intentionally destroyed simulating the archaeological disaster of the Francois Vase. The handmade amphora (i.e. replica) was broken in 507 fragments, out of which 148 sherds (or ostraca) were offered for digital restoration through the Thickness Profile method on an on-going project.


Pottery reassembly Thickness profile 3D reconstruction Sherds 



The authors wish to thank the archaeologist Mrs. Mairy Giamalidi for her valuable archaeological assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michail I. Stamatopoulos
    • 1
  • Christos-Nikolaos Anagnostopoulos
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Social Sciences School, Cultural Technology and Communication DepartmentUniversity of the AegeanMytilene, Lesvos IslandGreece

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