Computer vision and machine learning for archaeology

L.J.P. van der Maaten, P. Boon, G. Lange, J.J. Paijmans, E. Postma

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    Until now, computer vision and machine learning techniques barely contributed to the archaeological domain. The use of these techniques can support archaeologists in their assessment and classification of archaeological finds. The paper illustrates the use of computer vision techniques for archaeology with two examples: (1) a content-based image retrieval system for historical glass and (2) an automatic system for medieval coin classification. The content-based image retrieval system automatically finds artifact drawings in a reference collection that are most similar to a photograph or drawing of an excavated historical glass. The similarity measurements are based on the outer shape contours of the artifacts. The system can speed up the process of classifying historical glass, and make it more objective and controllable. The coin classification system will be trained on a collection of Dutch early-medieval coins. For this system, we present preliminary results on modern coin data.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of CAA-2006
    Place of PublicationFargo, ND, USA
    PublisherUnknown Publisher
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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