Wedge cameras for minimally invasive archaeology

Abstract : Acquiring images of archaeological artifacts is an essential step for the study and preservation of cultural heritage. In constrained environments, traditional acquisition techniques may fail or be too invasive. We present an optical device including a camera and a wedge waveguide that is optimized for imaging within confined spaces in archeology. The major idea is to redirect light by total internal reflection to circumvent the lack of room, and to compute the final image from the raw data. We tested various applications onsite during an archaeological mission in Medamoud (Egypt). Our device was able to successfully record images of the underground from slim trenches of about 15 cm wide, including underwater trenches, and between rocks composing a wall temple. Experts agreed that the acquired images were good enough to get useful information that cannot be obtained as easily with traditional techniques.
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Thomas Crespel, Adrian Travis, Patrick Reuter, Xavier Granier. Wedge cameras for minimally invasive archaeology. Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage, Association for Computing Machinery, 2019, 12 (2), pp.14:1--14:13. ⟨10.1145/3284425⟩. ⟨hal-02096396⟩

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