SIANE: Seals and their impressions in the ancient Near East

This project, with the University of Oxford, aims to capture cylinder seals and carry out an imaging campaign to create a large data set.

We are currently investigating the use of a structured light technique to image the seals and produce “roll-outs”. Click here for more images.

Early scan of a replica seal to test resolution and quality

Our initial system uses structured light and a fast usb3 camera to obtain strips of image which can be used to generate a 3D surface. Future work is searching for features, a web viewer and speed improvements so the team can capture hundreds of seals..

early tests of a new system to image seals – with Jacob Dahl in the Ashmoean Museum


Funded by the Fell Fund, in collaboration with Jacob Dahl of the University of Oxford. Oxford team includes Kathryn Kelly, Southampton’s includes Jon Hare and David Young.