Determination of Ancient Manufacturing Techniques of Ceramics by 3D Shape Estimation

  • Hubert Mara
  • Robert Sablatnig
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4270)


We propose a rotational symmetry evaluation method that is used to determine the manufacturing technique of rotationally symmetric pottery like vessels. With the help of scanned 3D data of the surface of the vessel the symmetry is determined which is used to derive the manufacturing technique for this particular vessel. For example it can be determined whether or not a turning wheel was used to manufacture the vessel. Results for trditionally manufactured new vessels and ancient vessels are given and the applicability of the method in archaeology is shown.


Structure Light Bottom Plane Rotational Plate Horizontal Intersection Manual Drawing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hubert Mara
    • 1
  • Robert Sablatnig
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Computer Aided Automation, Pattern Recognition and Image Processing GroupVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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