Advances in digital pottery analysis

Stephan Karl*, Peter Houska, Stefan Lengauer, Jessica Haring, Elisabeth Trinkl, Reinhold Preiner

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Rapid progress in digitisation and computer techniques have enabled noteworthy new pottery analysis applications in recent decades. We focus on analytical techniques directed specifically at archaeological pottery research in this survey and review the specific benefits these have brought in the field. We consider techniques based on heterogeneous sources such as drawings, photographs, 3D scans and CT volume data. The various approaches and methods are structured according to the main steps in pottery processing in archaeology: documentation, classification and retrieval. Within these categories we review the most relevant papers and identify their advantages and limitations. We evaluate both freely and commercially available analysis tools and databases. Finally, we discuss open problems and future challenges in the field of pottery analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-216
Number of pages22
JournalInformation Technology
Issue number6
Early online date2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022


  • archaeological pottery research
  • computing humanities
  • data management and retrieval
  • image manipulation
  • science history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


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