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An Inverse Problem Modelled By Dual Reciprocity Boundary Element Methodology: Identification Of A Degraded Hithite Inscription In Hattusas (central Anatolia, Turkey)

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BE970711

Volume

19

Pages

10

Published

1997

Size

1,102 kb

Author(s)

J. Friedrich

Abstract

The condition of a Hithite inscription in Hattusas (central Anatolia, Turkey) has deteriorated so much during its life time of approximately 3400 years that, until now, archaeologists could only read a very small number of all signs in this inscription. A dual reciprocity boundary element model was designed to model this inverse problem and identify other hieroglyphs not recognized yet. The model was calibrated by using the existing alphabet assembled from other sources, and the better preserved parts of the inscription that are still readable. The results gained so far indicate that more degraded hieroglyphs, which are hardly detectable by optical means, can be recovered to a certain extent and matched to

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