A computer program for isolating groups of dramatic masks of the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
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The objective of the program was socio-literacy but the procedure used was the essentially archaeological one of matching sets of artifacts/attributes. We give here, not the results, which are still being analyzed, but a critique of the interface between archaeologist and programmer, in the hope that this may be of use to other researchers who intend to use a computer. The program was designed and written by Enn Männik, programmer, using the computing facilities of the Faculty of Architecture and Building, NSW Institute of Technology, which were generously made available through the good offices of Neville Quarry, Head of School, and Ken Madden, Coordinator of Contextual Studies, to whom thanks are due. The project was supervised by J.R. Green, Associate Professor of Archaeology, University of Sydney, in connection with the revision of the text of T.B.L. Webster's Monuments Illustrating New Comedy (London 1969), to be published by the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London.