Research Tools

This page lists various research tools developed by the projects associated with the RMCL along with a link to a downloadable version.


A. Chart for measuring of rim/base diameter and percent represented:

For his work with PEPP J. Ikäheimo produced a diameter gauge with rays at 1 percent intervals that can be used to establish the  diameter of a vessel rim or base sherd and calculate the percent of the rim/base that it represents.

Diameter and percent gauge


B. Adobe Illustrator routine for the production of finished digital drawings from pottery profile drawings.

For his work with PEPP J. Ikäheimo produced a routine in Adobe Illustrator that permits the production of a tracing of a scan of a pottery profile drawing that can be used to work up a finished digital drawing.  J.T. Peña subsequently wrote up a set of instructions that describe how to employ this routine to produce finished drawings.

Automated Illustration Tracing Routine

Instructions for Automated illiustration Tracing Routine


C. Photomicrograph frames

G. Tibbott produced for PALHIP a set of frames at a range of magnifications in that can be used to frame photomicrographs such as those taken with a Dino-Lite digital microscope.  These are provided with a 5 mm scale bar, a magnification indicaor and an editable dummy specimen id indicator.  We here provide these frames along with a text in pdf file format that provides instructions for inserting a photomicrograph into a frame.

Frame 20X

Frame 40X

Frame 50X

Frame 55X

Frame 60X

Frame 65X

Frame 70X

Frame 80X

Frame Instructions


D. Vessel capacity tutorial

During academic year 2012-2013 C. Gaynor, while working on PALHIP operations as a URAP apprentice, produced an video tutorial (36 minutes) that provides instructions for how to produce a 3-D model of a vessel from a profile drawing using Adobe Illustrator and AutoCad.

Vessel Capacity Tutorial


E. Databases

To date PALHIP has employed three different databases to record information, all produced in FileMaker Pro 12 in a layout designed for use on an iPad.  These are the Object Database (created in 2012 by E. Niespolo and J.T. Peña), employed for the detailed documentation of substantially complete and/or large/complex artifacts; the Fragment Database (created in 2014 by J.T. Peña): employed for the rapid documentation of fragmentary and/or small/simple artifacts; and the Deposit Database (created in 2013 by J.T. Peña), employed for the rapid characterization of the artifacts and other materials recovered in a stratigraphic unit.  We here provide for download a clone (that is, a version containing no records) of each of these.

Object Database

Fragment Database

Deposit Database