This application enables the creation of a high quality 3D model of an archaeological artefact via process known as photo-masking. There has been a revolution in 3D modelling in recent years and it is now relatively easy to construct such models from ordinary digital photographs. Isolating the object depicted in these photographs, and masking out the background, is an important first step to achieving high quality results. The final 3D model will be made publicly available and is useful not only for basic documentation purposes, but also for graphical displays in museums, for inclusion in gaming and virtual reality environments, or for identifing different sub-styles in otherwise similar types of artefact (that might tell us about the date of the artefact, where it was made, or by whom).
This application is on behalf of the West Midlands Portable Antiquities Scheme team and the full record for the object can be found here:
Object type: Handaxe
County of discovery: Staffordshire
Stable url: http://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/648805
We would like people to draw a polygon around the hand axe that they see in each photograph in order to identify their outline and exclude the image background. This allows the 3D modelling process to concentrate on the object itself and ignore irrelevant background information.
If you are interested in what a 3D completed model looks like, please have a look at the example here for a MicroPasts palstave model.
** Hugh Fiske, Ernst Schnell, Jeff Okazaki, Dina Fathalla, Nina Sharman, Jane Fellows, Swantje Dogunke, Denis Antoine, Olga Michalaka, Maria Christakou, Lisa Cardy, Jennifer Kirkpatrick, Philip G Metherell, Alex Nicholson-Evans and other anonymous contributors for comnpleting this application.