Roman portraiture and biometric identification

Schofield, Damian and Lorenz, Katharina and Davy-Jow, Stephanie and Anderson, Matthew (2012) Roman portraiture and biometric identification. In: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012), 10-12 July 2012, London, UK.

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This project utilised three-dimensional scanning technology in the study of ancient Roman art and archaeology: Roman representations of faces executed in marble.

In the cultural heritage sector, three-dimensional (3D) scanning finds its primary application in documenting and reconstructing objects and structures mostly of simple geometry: bones, pottery, architecture or the imprint of whole archaeological sites (Adolf 2011). In forensic science, the face is interesting from investigative and probative perspectives, including both recognition and identification. Biometric methods of facial recognition have been part of a plethora of computer science-based applications used in the verification of identity (Davy et al. 2005, Goodwin, Evison and Schofield 2010).

The aim of this initial project is to provide objective relevant measurements of key facial features from the two ancient Roman portrait statue three-dimensional scans, which will allow the delineation of relationships between individual portraits including formal and stylistics aspects. The work described in this paper proposal is truly multidisciplinary, it touches on many fields including : Classical archaeologies (specifically ancient art history in the period of the Roman Empire 31BC - AD400), Forensic Anthropology (specifically physical anthropology and human osteology, Facial Biometrics (specifically uniquely recognising humans based upon their intrinsic physical traits and features) and Computer Science and Statistics (specifically the analysis of large complex multi-dimensional data sets).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Schofield, D., Lorenz, K. Davy-Jow, S. Anderson, M., Roman portraiture and biometric identification, in: EVA London 2012: Electronic visualisation and the arts: proceedings, editors, Stuart Dunn, Jonathan P. Bowen, Kia Ng. Swindon: British Computer Society, 2012. ISBN: 9781780171593, pp. 163-171. First published in the Electronic Workshops in Computing series at:
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Classics
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Depositing User: Lorenz, Katharina
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2015 16:03
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:22

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