Louise M. Senior of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, a Newsletter reader, pointed out another reason for preferring AutoCAD pottery profiles to hand-drawn profiles. Volume measurements may be made by AutoCAD; that alone could justify using it.
An experiment with the profile used previously for the Newsletter verified the ease with which the drawing could be converted into a solid and its volume calculated (both the volume of liquid the container could have held and the volume of clay comprising the container). Only a few minutes were required. If the specific gravity of a material stored in the container is known, its weight can also be calculated, as could the weight of the container.
For other Newsletter articles concerning pottery profiles and capacity calculations, consult the Subject index.
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