This project involves the high-resolution 3D laser scanning of a cache of Italian black gloss pottery from the Capitoline Museums in Rome. Our aim is to examine in detail the minute traces of production and use of these vessels and to produce a digital record of their form. We have experimented with several scanning devices in order to determine the optimal methods for capturing abrasions on pottery and are developing digital methods for surface analysis. The purpose of the analysis is to consider how black gloss vessels from ritual contexts (tomb and sanctuary deposits) may have been used before they were deposited and to refine our understanding of vessel production methods.

3D digital models, Capitoline Museums, Italian black gloss pottery, Laser scanning, Machine learning, Ritual deposits, Usewear analysis
dx.doi.org/10.11141/ia.50.12
Internet Archaeology
College of the Humanities

Banducci, L, Opitz, R. (Rachel), & Mogetta, M. (Marcello). (2018). Measuring usewear on black gloss pottery from Rome through 3D surface analysis. Internet Archaeology, (50). doi:10.11141/ia.50.12