3D Modeling of Archaeological Collections: A Case Study in Archaeometry

Author(s): Andrew Vaughan; Sarah Love

Year: 2015


Artifact collections and skeletal remains curated in multiple facilities and stored in variable conditions across the globe contain a wealth of archaeological knowledge. Access to data about these collections, much less the collections themselves, can be restricted both by policy concerns and practical considerations. Recent technological advancements have made creating high quality digital representations of both artifact and skeletal material possible. In this paper we compare two methods of 3D reconstruction, (software based photographic/photogrammetric 3D reconstruction and laser scanning), for the purpose of research in Archaeology and Bio-Archaeology. Using these methods, digital measurements taken from the models are compared with the same measurements obtained with precision instruments. By comparing 3D representations with manually obtained measurements, a quality baseline of what is currently possible in 3D digitization of archaeological materials can be established.

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3D Modeling of Archaeological Collections: A Case Study in Archaeometry. Sarah Love, Andrew Vaughan. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 398302)

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