An inverse problem modelled by dual reciprocity boundary element methodology: identification of a degraded Hithite inscription in Hattusas (central Anatolia, Turkey)

Friedrich J.

19th International Conference on the Boundary Element Method, Rome, Italy, 01 September 1997, pp.729-738 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • City: Rome
  • Country: Italy
  • Page Numbers: pp.729-738
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: No


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 signs in the existing alphabet.