Example of a Heat Map

Objectives

Our principal objective with this project was to find a way to represent the distribution of ceramics visually in an interactive 3D environment. Archaeologists have been using GIS visualizations like heat maps to accomplish this for years (see image to the right). We wanted to see if Unity was capable of generating similar visualizations in 3D and evaluate how it compares.

Ceramic Styles


Common Ware

Common Ware

Also known as Ceramica Commonue, this is the most abundant ceramic style at the site. It includes a wide variety of vessel forms, usually with minimal decoration. Common Wares are typically wheel made with coarse paste and usually date from 700 BC to 900 AD. Image from Banducci and Crawford 2012

African Red Slip

African Red Slip

Also known as Terra Sigillata Africana, this ceramic style was chosen as a way of visualizing long distance trade and stylistic connections. This ware typically is wheel made with fine paste and red slip. Other common decorations include stamps, rouletting, and barbotine. Various styles range from 20 BC to 800 AD. Image from Banducci and Crawford 2012

Amphora

Amphora

Amphora are specialized vessels used for transporting goods like wine over long distances across the Mediterranean world. This was chosen as a way to directly represent participation in long distance trade networks. They are typically large, thick, coarse paste vessels with minimal decoration. Amphora were widely used from 1000 BC to 500 AD. Image from Banducci and Crawford 2012