Computer Simulation of Multidimensional Archaeological Artefacts


  • Vera Moitinho de Almeida Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Juan Anton Barceló Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona



3D scan, Artificial intelligence, Reverse engineering, Simulation, Virtual reconstruction


The main purpose of this ongoing research is to understand possible function(s) of archaeological artefacts through Reverse Engineering processes. In addition, we intend to provide new data, as well as possible explications of the archaeological record according to what it expects about social activities and working processes, by simulating the potentialities of such actions in terms of input-output relationships.
Our project focuses on the Neolithic lakeside site of La Draga (Banyoles, Catalonia). In this presentation we will begin by providing a clear overview of the major guidelines used to capture and process 3D digital data of several wooden artefacts. Then, we shall present the use of semi-automated relevant feature extractions. Finally, we intend to share preliminary computer simulation issues.


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Author Biographies

Vera Moitinho de Almeida, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Department of Prehistory, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Spain

Juan Anton Barceló, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Department of Prehistory


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How to Cite

Moitinho de Almeida, V., & Barceló, J. A. (2012). Computer Simulation of Multidimensional Archaeological Artefacts. Virtual Archaeology Review, 3(7), 77–81.