Tomography and Photography Studies of Funerary Urns from South Central Michoacán México


This poster presents the results of the application of computational methods to classified archaeological deposits contained within cinerary urns. The method uses morphological properties and textural parameters to create quantitative descriptors that can be related to archaeological interpretations of the objects. The Pre-Columbian cinerary urns were discovered in the municipality of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico. The method uses information obtained from a Computed Tomography scan of each urn and photography of fifty bones separated into five sets classified by anthropology experts with respect to their color and the relation of the color to the temperature at which the bone was burned. From the scans and photographs, topological, morphological, and textural parameters are obtained. The CT – scan provides form and textural information related to density values and the photograph provides mean color values of each set of bones related to the temperature.

Finally, the relation of voxel intensity (CT-scan) is related to bone color image textures. To simplified this section of the research a phantom is proposed where an artificial cinerary urn was build using bones from the excavation providing with an urn where the bone color of each volume obtained from the CT-scan is known.

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Tomography and Photography Studies of Funerary Urns from South Central Michoacán México. Alfonso Gastelum-Strozzi, Ingris Peláez Ballestas, Jesús Zarco Navarro, José Luis Punzo Díaz. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444594)

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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 21458