Color enhanced pipelines for reality-based 3D modeling of on site medium sized archeological artifacts


  • Fabrizio I. Apollonio Università di Bologna
  • Massimo Ballabeni Università di Bologna
  • Marco Gaiani Università di Bologna



3D modeling, Photogrammetry, Laser scanner, Dense stereo matching, Color processing, Color definition


The paper describes a color enhanced processing system - applied as case study on an artifact of the Pompeii archaeological area - developed in order to enhance different techniques for reality-based 3D models construction and visualization of archaeological artifacts. This processing allows rendering reflectance properties with perceptual fidelity on a consumer display and presents two main improvements over existing techniques: a. the color definition of the archaeological artifacts; b. the comparison between the range-based and photogrammetry-based pipelines to understand the limits of use and suitability to specific objects.


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Author Biographies

Fabrizio I. Apollonio, Università di Bologna

Dipartimento di Architettura, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italia

Massimo Ballabeni, Università di Bologna

Dipartimento di Architettura, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italia

Marco Gaiani, Università di Bologna

Dipartimento di Architettura, Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italia



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How to Cite

Apollonio, F. I., Ballabeni, M., & Gaiani, M. (2014). Color enhanced pipelines for reality-based 3D modeling of on site medium sized archeological artifacts. Virtual Archaeology Review, 5(10), 59–76.