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Small funerary altar with inscription from the Domestic Area

Photos courtesy Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project. Click on images to enlarge.
by Marc Waelkens

EPOCH: July 10-14, 2005

As already mentioned last year (2004, Recording), the Sagalassos Division is one of the core partners in the European Network of Excellence EPOCH (www.epoch-net.org). The first year of the EPOCH project was mainly dedicated to developing several showcases around existing technologies for cultural heritage management and preservation. In one of these showcases, the Antonine nymphaeum at Sagalassos was presented in augmented reality at CEBIT in Hannover, one of the biggest IT exhibitions in Europe.

Recently, EPOCH started its second year, in which new tools will be developed. The KULeuven is now developing a web-based tool to upload images and get 3D models from a server installed at the University of Leuven. As this tool is based on the passive "shape-from-stills" technique, no camera parameters or positions will have to be specified.

EPOCH will make this software available to all interested researchers in the field of cultural heritage, thus making 3D modeling from images available to everybody. The plan is to demand that, in return for this free service, users give EPOCH a license to use the resulting 3D data and models and put them into its repositories.

Tijl Vereenooghe (KULeuven, currently at the ETH Zuerich as a CHIRON research fellow (www.chiron-training.org) is testing this new and promising tool on the site of Sagalassos. An example of a 3D reconstruction is shown on the picture on the left, representing a small inscribed funerary altar from the Domestic Area.

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