Practice-Based Comparison of Imaging Methods for Visualization of Toolmarks on an Egyptian Scarab

  • Lindsay MacDonald
  • Maria Filomena Guerra
  • Ruven Pillay
  • Mona Hess
  • Stephen Quirke
  • Stuart Robson
  • Ali Hosseininaveh Ahmadabadian
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8509)


3D representations were made of a small Egyptian scarab with a gold band by a number of methods, based on photogrammetry and photometric stereo. They were evaluated for colour fidelity and spatial detail, in the context of a study of toolmarks and manufacturing techniques of jewellery in ancient Egypt. It was found that although a 3D laser scanner gave the best geometric accuracy, the camera-based methods of photogrammetry and photometric stereo gave better representation of fine detail and colour on the object surface.


Digital heritage image acquisition 3D imaging visualisation gold 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lindsay MacDonald
    • 1
  • Maria Filomena Guerra
    • 2
  • Ruven Pillay
    • 3
  • Mona Hess
    • 1
  • Stephen Quirke
    • 4
  • Stuart Robson
    • 1
  • Ali Hosseininaveh Ahmadabadian
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic EngineeringUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.UMR 8096 CNRSFrance
  3. 3.C2RMF, Musée du LouvreParisFrance
  4. 4.Institute of ArchaeologyUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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