ICACH as part of the STARLAB project applied innovative imaging techniques on selected finds such as an alabaster vessel and cuneiforms from Pyla-kokkinokremos for the analytical documentation and analysis of inscriptions and texture colourants. You may find more about it at the permalink here.
The cathedral church of Saint John the Theologian in the heart of Nicosia is the subject of a cross-disciplinary research project engaging students and researchers from STARC, the Historical Muse-um of Crete and the University of Catania in Italy with the collaboration of the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus and the support of the Department of Antiquities and the Cyprus Arch-bishopric. Building on and enhancing the doctoral research of CyI PhD Candidate Despina Papa-charalambous supervised by Assoc. Professor Nikolas Bakirtzis, this research project aims at under-standing the history of the monument in conjunction with the iconography of its impressive 18th century decorative program.
The development of high-resolution digital imaging and visualization techniques for the documentation of archaeologi-cal material and works of art over the past decade has significantly contributed to a flourishing surge of novel applica-tions and research in archaeology, cultural heritage and education.
a) Polynomial Texture Mapping (PTM) is a type of RTI imaging application, which was developed by Hewlett-Packard Imaging Labs and enhanced by the West Semitic Project at USC, addresses the difficulties in the photography of objects whose surfaces feature inscriptions or relief designs. They can be found on an array of archaeological objects and works of art such as inscriptions in stone or clay, plaques, coins, paintings, mosaics, relief sculpture, jewelry and other minor objects. It consists of a dome with a hole at the apex, and thirty-six Halogen lights embedded at randomly fixed intervals around the dome. An artifact is placed at the base of the dome, while a camera is positioned looking downward focusing, through the hole at the top, on the aforementioned object.
Cultural heritage research and practice is increasingly aided by, and dependent on, digital media. In the last decade, digital media technologies have begun to improve the documentation, management, understanding and communication of cultural heritage. The Cyprus Institute is spearheading, through its two centres CaSToRC and STARC, developments in digital imaging applications for national and regional research in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage. These efforts invest on the rich cultural landscape of the Eastern Mediterranean and the research initiatives of the European Union that have recognized the need for the development of digital libraries that will function as a user-friendly access points for cultural heritage.
The first pilot project for the new CyI Imaging Center followed the installation of the three camera systems at the Cyprus Institute in February, 2012. The installation was overseen by Marilyn Lundberg and Ken Zuckerman of the West Semitic Research Project (WSRP) at USC. WSRP was responsible for the construction of the PTM dome and the 360-degree camera system.
Large format photography calls for a particularly high level of technical and creative skills. It requires are in depth expert knowledge in order to exploit the possibilities to the full extent.
project funded by EU – LinkSceem-2 – The Cyprus Institute
Team: Marilyn Lundberg (USC), Ken Zuckerman (USC), Ropertos Georgiou (CyI), Nikolas Bakirtzis (CyI).
The first pilot projects for the imaging center were organized with two major cultural institutions in Nicosia: The BOCCF and the Leventis Municipal Museum. Team members tested all available imaging systems on a wide range of materials and objects from the collections of our collaborators that included coins, medieval ceramics, jewelry, minor arts, icons, paintings, wood carving etc. These efforts provided great opportunities for the testing and optimization of imaging systems. At the same time, they revealed the potential of RTI technology to museum curators and archaeologists thus preparing the ground for more thematically focused research initiatives.