Towards computerized typology and classification of ceramcis

Ayelet Gilboa, Avshalom Karasik, Ilan Sharon, Uzy Smilansky

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We report on newly developed mathematical and computational tools for morphological description, classification and analysis of archaeological artifacts. The need for such tools is most acutely felt, due to two main factors: (1) The lack of objective, quantitative criteria for shape analysis, classification and comparanda: (2) The overwhelming abundance of data, which renders impossible any extensive comparative typological analysis using traditional methods. We shall describe the main ideas which distinguish our method, and demonstrate its applicability by presenting the analysis of two assemblages of Iron Age ceramics from sites in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-694
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research is supported by a BIKURA grant from the Israel Science Foundation, and by the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Sciences in the Weizmann Institute of Science.


  • Ceramic profiles
  • Curvature analysis
  • Near Eastern Iron Age archaeology
  • Phoenician pottery
  • Pottery
  • Typology and classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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