Virtual windows to the past: reconstructing the ceramics workshop at Zominthos, Crete

Costas Papadopoulos, Yannis Sakellarakis

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The reconstruction of the ‘Ceramics Workshop’ at Zominthos, Crete is an ideal example of the contribution of computer graphics to the interpretation of archaeological data. Room 13 has been interpreted as a ceramics workshop without taking into account the peculiar absence of windows. A virtual reconstruction and illumination analysis of this area helped to identify its plausible uses, while several alternative models enabled a comprehensive approach to the simulation of lighting. This paper will discuss the decision making process based on the archaeological evidence and will address all the possible readings of this ambiguous dataset by explicitly examining the various structural and lighting models produced, while trying to understand how people perceive the environment and interact with it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCAA 2010: Fusion of Cultures
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Granada, Spain, April 2010
EditorsF Contreras, M Farjas, F.J Melero
Place of PublicationOxford, England
ISBN (Print)9781407311081
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
EventComputer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, - Granada, Spain
Duration: 6 Apr 20109 Apr 2010
Conference number: 38

Publication series

SeriesBAR International Series


ConferenceComputer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology,
Abbreviated titleCAA2010


  • minoan crete
  • virtual archaeology
  • 3D
  • 3d visualisation
  • lighting analysis
  • light
  • ceramics workshop
  • pottery
  • zominthos
  • crete
  • bronze age

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