El Argar Pottery

El Argar Pottery

Pottery recoverd from El Argar sites Photo cloud for production of the 3D model of the pot

Location: Royal Museums of Art & History, Brussels, Belgium

Institute: Royal Museums of Art & History (KMKG)

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Pottery recovered from graves in south east Spain, from El Argar culture. El Argar was a Bronze age culture which thrived, 2200 -1500 BC. The Siret brothers (Belgian mining engineers) working as surveyors in Spain in the 19th century recovered this material in their spare time. The archaeological remains of El Argar are dispersed throughout European heritage institutions, which make it difficult material to study. The 3D models enable remote access and reduce cost and hazard for transportation.

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Image-Based - Dense Multi-View 3D

  • Reconstruction Suitable for this kind of objects. 
  • Limited 3D technical expertise needed. 
  • The museums have their own photographic department therefore only a small investment was required. 

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Nikon D7000 with 60 mm macro lens.

Modelling Software

Modelling Software

Agisoft Photoscan

Model usU

Model Use

The general public will access low resolution models through the KMKG website. Researchers will receive high resolution .obj files upon request.

Processing Pipeline

Processing Pipeline

Object photography, using a hand operated turntable in a white round wall studio (100 - 200 images per object) - In Agisoft Photoscan: Masking the background of individual images - Generation of dense pointcloud - Generation of mesh - Application of texture -Export as 3D PDF & obj.

Online Delivery

Online Delivery

3D PDF - This is the method KMKG applies for 3D digital models  


Licence for Dataset

Licence / Paid Access - No Re-use