CAA 2013 Perth


On behalf of the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology CAA 2013 Conference ‘Across Space and Time’, which will be held at the University Club of Western Australia in Perth, Australia on 25-28 March 2013,  we  would like to invite you to attend the session “Three-dimensional computational analysis and simulation in archaeological research”.

Session Abstract

Three-dimensional computational analysis and simulation in archaeological research

Chairs: E. Paliou, C. Papadopoulos

In the last decade advances in three-dimensional technologies have increasingly offered more opportunities for the recording, documentation and visualisation of archaeological environments and artefacts in three dimensions. Nonetheless, 3D technologies are still used mainly for qualitative descriptions of spaces and objects, while the possibilities for interpretations based upon explicitly quantitative 3D analyses remain still untapped.

Three-dimensional computational simulation and analysis have relatively recently begun to be developed and utilised to research on the relationship of people with their environment both in large and smaller spatial scales. Methodologies such as formal visibility and lighting analysis have enabled the investigation of aspects of human perception in simulated prehistoric and historical 3D digital spaces, which more closely resemble real-world environments. Furthermore, in recent years GIS research in the fields of landscape and urban studies has been equipped with new tools for 3D visualisation and analysis. The latest versions of ArcGIS software, for example, are not only able to represent 3D cityscapes, but they can also perform some basic visual analysis (calculation of sight lines) on building facades, while they offer more possibilities for exploratory data analysis in three dimensional space. In a similar vein, open source software solutions (e.g. ParaView) have developed procedures for effectively post-processing and analysing 3D simulation data.

This session welcomes scholars with an interest in archaeology, architecture, material culture, cultural heritage and computer graphics, who utilise three-dimensional computational tools. The focus is mainly upon approaches that seek to analyse archaeological spaces and artefacts in a formal quantitative way, rather than merely record and describe them qualitatively. Lighting simulation and analysis, visibility simulation and analysis, simulation of movement and structural analysis, volumetric and statistical analysis of 3D data, procedural modelling are only a few of the applications that fall into the scope of this session. Participants are expected apart from presenting their work on 3D simulation and analysis, to critically evaluate any methodological and theoretical issues posed by these approaches.

For more information about the Call for Papers please refer to the following web pages: (call for papers); (list of sessions).

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the conference organiser, Dr Arianna Traviglia on or the session organisers: Eleftheria Paliou ( and Costas Papadopoulos (

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards

Eleftheria Paliou, Costas Papadopoulos



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