LIFO - Bâtiment IIIA
Rue Léonard de Vinci
F-45067 ORLEANS Cedex 2
Tel: +33 (0)2 38 41 70 11
Fax: +33 (0)2 38 41 71 37
Arcadia is a 3-year project (2014-2016) funded by the Région Centre, that participates to the highlighting of the heritage of the Région Centre.
Several archaeological excavations at Saran, a suburb town of Orléans, did reveal that many potery ovens were exploited during the carolingian period.
Each potter used a small wooden wheel to decorate its pots. Based on the resulting patterns, the archeologists try to group the pot shards that have been collected according to the potter that produced them.
While this work has been manually conducted up to now, a larger scale is expected by the use of pattern recognition methods applied on pictures and 3D laser scans of the shards. As the use of wooden wheels does not lead to constant patterns, automatizing the identification appears to be a challenging task.
Three partners are involved in Arcadia: the Loiret archeological federation, the PRISME laboratory (pattern recognition) and the LIFO (automated classification and data visualization).