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Archaeological Automatic Interpretation and Documentation of cEramics

Objective

The objectives of ArchAIDE are to support the classification and interpretation work of archaeologists with innovative computer-based tools, able to provide the user with features for the semi-automatic description and matching of potsherds over the huge existing ceramic catalogues. Pottery classification is of fundamental importance for the comprehension and dating of the archaeological contexts, and for understanding production, trade flows and social interactions, but it requires complex skills and it is a very time consuming activity, both for researchers and professionals. This tool would revolutionise archaeologists habits, behaviours and expectations, would meet real user needs and generate economic benefits, reducing time and costs, would create societal benefits from cultural heritage, improving access, re-use and exploitation of the digital cultural heritage in a sustainable way.
These objectives will be achieved through the development of:
- an as-automatic-as-possible procedure to transform the paper catalogues in a digital description, to be used as a data pool for search and retrieval process;
- a tool (mainly designed for mobile devices) that will support archaeologists in recognising and classifying potsherds during excavation and post-excavation analysis, through an easy-to-use interface and efficient algorithms for characterization, search and retrieval of the visual/geometrical correspondences;
- an automatic procedure to derive a complete potsherd’s identity card by transforming the data collected into a formatted electronic document, printable or visual;
- a web-based real-time data visualization to improve access to archaeological heritage and generate new understanding;
- an open archive to allow the archival and re-use of archaeological data, transforming them into common heritage and permitting economic sustainability.
Those instruments will be tested and assessed on real-cases scenarios, paving the way to future exploitation.

Field of science

  • /humanities/history and archaeology/archaeology
  • /social sciences/media and communications/library science/archives
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/ceramics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/employment
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

H2020-REFLECTIVE-6-2015
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 611 250

Participants (8)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 395 000
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 188 750
Address
Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 401 000
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 267 625
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 274 531,25
Address
Albertus Magnus Platz
50931 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BARAKA ARQUEOLOGOS S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 71 750
Address
Carretera De La Atalaya 30 2ºh
13005 Ciudad Real
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELEMENTS CENTRO DE GESTIO I DIFUSIO DE PATRIMONI CULTURAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 66 720,50
Address
Avinguda Jaume Iii 8 Entl 3
07012 Palma De Mallorca
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INERA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 183 750
Address
Via G Malasoma 18
56121 Pisa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)