A Mobile Application for Supporting Archaeologists in the Classification and Recognition of Petroglyphs

  • Vincenzo Deufemia
  • Valentina Indelli Pisano
  • Luca Paolino
  • Paola de Roberto
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation book series (LNISO, volume 11)


In this paper we present a mobile application, named PetroSketch, for supporting archaeologists in the classification and recognition of petroglyph symbols. PetroSketch is a virtual notebook enabling users to draw a petroglyph symbol on a white page, or by following the contour of a symbol captured with the camera, and to obtain its classification and the list of symbols more similar to it. The latter is performed by a flexible image matching algorithm that measures the similarity between petroglyph by using a distance, derived from the image deformation model, which is computationally efficient and robust to local distortions.


Image processing Computer vision Cultural heritage Mobile applications Pattern recognition 



This research is supported by the “Indiana MAS and the Digital Preservation of Rock Carvings: A multi-agent system for drawing and natural language understanding aimed at preserving rock carving” FIRB project funded by the Italian Ministry for Education, University and Research, under grant RBFR10PEIT [19].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vincenzo Deufemia
    • 1
  • Valentina Indelli Pisano
    • 1
  • Luca Paolino
    • 1
  • Paola de Roberto
    • 1
  1. 1.Università di SalernoFiscianoItaly

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