Monday, 25 August 2008

Reconstructing Minoan wall paintings ...

Interesting article about a group at Princeton who have developed a computer system for pattern matching to reconstruct Minoan wall paintings on Thera. Interesting. Very simmlar in concept to the system developed in Germany to digitally glue together the shredded Stasi files - I suppose the questions are - can one (a) uses such a system to combine papyrus or manuscript fragments held in different collections to do virtual reconstructions of the documents, and (b) could one then pipe the reconstruction into a handwriting recognition system to recover the text for further analysis?

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