Event-based Archaeological Registration Principles
Revive the Past
Foreword The present volume consists of the peer-reviewed papers presented at the CAA2011 conference held in Beijing, China between April 12 and 16, 2011. The theme of this conference was "Revive the Past", which means retrieving our history and using it to help create a new civilization. It was a great honour to organize the conference where over 130 researchers made presentations; ten keynote speeches were given; and sixteen sessions covered a wide variety of topics: data acquisition and
... ding, conceptual modelling, data analysis, data management, digging with words, 3D models, visualizing heritage sites, digital spaces for archaeology, geophysics, GIS, graphics in archaeology, visualisation in archaeology, semantic technologies, spatial prediction, visualization and exhibition, and 3D object reconstruction. In addition, student papers and posters were presented. We held two successful As organizers, we want to thank the CAA Steering Committee for their great support and help. We would like to express our special thanks to Prof. Bernard Frischer for his consistent support and kind help. We express our deep gratitude to all participants and delegates for their contributions. We appreciate the generous support given by local institutions in Beijing, and we single out for special praise all of our volunteers for their hard work on behalf of the conference. CAA2011 has passed into history but we hope Beijing will remain in the hearts of all the participants, especially those from abroad. May the events, people, and friendships made at the conference long remain in our memory! Abstract: The present paper reports an ongoing project aiming at developing an "archaeological" benchmarking procedure for the definition of the most suitable methodology for 3D models creation, to adopt for different research goals such as conservation, virtual restoration and web visualization of archaeological objects. The test has been carried out on some archaeological artefacts, differing in size, material, shape, texture and surface characteristics, focusing on the possible applications of the outcomes and on diverse parameters offered from the device. A low cost 3D laser scanner (NextEngine) was chosen for the test, because of its cost affordability, especially for museums and Cultural Heritage (CH) institutions. The result of the qualitative analyses performed by professionals on the scanned objects (archaeologist, ceramist, paleoanthropologist), along with issues that emerged during data acquisition and data post-processing, allowed us making recommendations useful for Cultural Heritage professionals interested in applying digital technologies in their daily work.