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3D puzzle reconstruction for archeological fragments
Author(s): F. Jampy; A. Hostein; E. Fauvet; O. Laligant; F. Truchetet
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Paper Abstract

The reconstruction of broken artifacts is a common task in archeology domain; it can be supported now by 3D data acquisition device and computer processing. Many works have been dedicated in the past to reconstructing 2D puzzles but very few propose a true 3D approach. We present here a complete solution including a dedicated transportable 3D acquisition set-up and a virtual tool with a graphic interface allowing the archeologists to manipulate the fragments and to, interactively, reconstruct the puzzle. The whole lateral part is acquired by rotating the fragment around an axis chosen within a light sheet thanks to a step-motor synchronized with the camera frame clock. Another camera provides a top view of the fragment under scanning. A scanning accuracy of 100μm is attained. The iterative automatic processing algorithm is based on segmentation into facets of the lateral part of the fragments followed by a 3D matching providing the user with a ranked short list of possible assemblies. The device has been applied to the reconstruction of a set of 1200 fragments from broken tablets supporting a Latin inscription dating from the first century AD.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 March 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9393, Three-Dimensional Image Processing, Measurement (3DIPM), and Applications 2015, 939308 (17 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2075655
Show Author Affiliations
F. Jampy, Univ. de Bourgogne (France)
A. Hostein, Univ. Paris 1 (France)
E. Fauvet, Univ. de Bourgogne (France)
O. Laligant, Univ. de Bourgogne (France)
F. Truchetet, Univ. de Bourgogne (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9393:
Three-Dimensional Image Processing, Measurement (3DIPM), and Applications 2015
Robert Sitnik; William Puech, Editor(s)

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