For the past four years, Dimitri Nakassis (University of Colorado) and Kevin Pluta have directed a project in Athens which involves imaging the Linear B tablets from Pylos. We are using two imaging techniques, structured-light scanning and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI), which allow for the creation of 3d images and detailed texture mapping. The resultant files allow users to manipulate the images in a number of ways, including adjusting the angle and direction of light, removing color data from the surface texture to eliminate noise, and increasing the reflectivity of the surface to make some details more clear. Our plans include sharing these files online and in context with other PASP holdings, including SMID records, archival holdings, as well as other relevant contextual data. There will be a full update on project status and agenda at the end of Summer 2017.
Look for project updates on the forthcoming Palace of Nestor site.