[Analyzing Fracture Patterns in Theran Wall Paintings]

Analyzing Fracture Patterns in Theran Wall Paintings

Hijung Shin1,  Christos Doumas2,3,  Thomas Funkhouser1,  Szymon Rusinkiewicz1,  Kenneth Steglitz1,  Andreas Vlachopoulos4,  Tim Weyrich5

1 Princeton University
2 National University of Athens
3 Akrotiri Excavation, Thera
4 University of Ioannina
5 University College London

Abstract

In this paper, we analyze the fracture patterns observed in wall paintings excavated from Akrotiri, a Bronze Age Aegean city destroyed by earthquakes preceding a volcanic eruption on Thera (modern Santorini) around 1630 BC. We use interactive programs to trace detailed fragment boundaries in images of manually reconstructed wall paintings. Then, we use geometric analysis algorithms to study the shapes and contacts of those fragment boundaries, producing statistical distributions of lengths, angles, areas, and adjacencies found in assembled paintings. The result is a statistical model that suggests a hierarchical fracture pattern, where fragments break into two pieces recursively along cracks nearly orthogonal to previous ones. This model could be useful for predicting fracture patterns of other wall paintings and/or for guiding future computer-assisted reconstruction algorithms.

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Analyzing Fracture Patterns in Theran Wall Paintings.
Hijung Shin, Christos Doumas, Thomas Funkhouser, Szymon Rusinkiewicz, Kenneth Steglitz, Andreas Vlachopoulos, Tim Weyrich.
In Proc. of 11th Intl. Symp. on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (VAST), September 2010.
Hijung Shin, Christos Doumas, Thomas Funkhouser, Szymon Rusinkiewicz, Kenneth Steglitz, Andreas Vlachopoulos, and Tim Weyrich. Analyzing fracture patterns in theran wall paintings. In Proc. of 11th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (VAST) 2010, September 2010.Shin, H., Doumas, C., Funkhouser, T., Rusinkiewicz, S., Steglitz, K., Vlachopoulos, A., and Weyrich, T. 2010. Analyzing fracture patterns in theran wall paintings. In Proc. of 11th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (VAST) 2010.H. Shin, C. Doumas, T. Funkhouser, S. Rusinkiewicz, K. Steglitz, A. Vlachopoulos, and T. Weyrich, “Analyzing fracture patterns in theran wall paintings,” in Proc. of 11th International Symposium on Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (VAST) 2010, Sep. 2010.

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