Scientific Supervisor: Filippo Stanco, Giovanni Puglisi, Germana Barone, Paolo Mazzoleni


    The microscopic description of ancient pottery is widely used for the fabric de finition, classi fication and provenance assessment. In most cases, however, the description is qualitative. An improvement of the study of archaeological pottery needs a more objective approach with quantitative analysis. In classical scienfiti c literature, the structural features and mineralogical composition of pottery are carried out on thin sections by means of transmitted polarized light microscope. The determination were obtained through observations with and without cross polarizator (nicols). The quantitative measurements are normally achieved with tedious and time consuming table with point counter. In this paper the attention has been focused on the automatic identifi cation of structural and textural components of the potteries through optical microscopy. Image analysis techniques have been then used to automatically classify the image components. Results confi rm the e ffectiveness of the proposed approach: petrographic data collection becomes faster with respect to the traditional method providing also quantitative information useful for fabric recognition.

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