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Latest technology for high-quality, rapid, digital documentation of ceramic fragments

Data acquisition

  • Two laser modules (a, e) project visible lines onto the specimen from both sides. The scratch-resistant glass table ensures clear imaging even from below
  • Using the sheet-of-light triangulation principle, 3D-cameras (d, f) capture the images of the laser lines to generate a complete section of the fragment in real time
  • The 5-megapixel color camera (b) complements the drawing with standard photographic illustration. The illumination is provided by either the integrated high-power LED (c) or an external light source

Standard workflow

  • The fragment to be scanned is manually positioned over the glass work surface by the operator or with the aid of the integrated helping hands. During the positioning, the profile is continuously evaluated and displayed live on the computer screen

  • In the first step, the operator takes the characteristic vertical cross section of the sherd

  • After that, the profile orientation is set either manually or, if the vessel rim is preserved, by aligning the rim with the glass surface

  • The horizontal profile is taken to determine the radius of the vessel at an arbitrary point

  • Any additional details, such as handles or plastic elements, are acquired and aligned with the drawing

  • The drawing is enhanced with inflection lines, break lines, annotations, and a color photograph of the sample

  • The finished output is stored in a database for further processing or publishing

Data storage

  • Graph-based database Deposit stores finished drawings along the original acquired “raw” data and additional metadata

  • Internal storage formats JSON or PostgreSQL

  • Final drawings in SVG format with export options to PDF and PNG

  • All data also available as polygons for custom analytic pipelines, e.g., shape matching or morphometrics

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Photographic illustration 

The LAP features a 5-megapixel color camera equipped with high-end optics for taking detailed pictures of the artifacts. The focus and depth of field are adjustable, enabling closeups and quick fine-tuning for shooting larger pieces.