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Thinking Inside the Box: The Use of Micro CT for Archaeological Analysis

Author(s): Michael Lavin ; David Givens

Year: 2017

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Modern science is helping to solve mysteries from 400 year old contexts at Jamestown. Micro Computed Tomography allows conservators and archaeologists to analyze artifacts in 3D without disturbing the integrity of the object. A high tech investigation was performed on a silver box, recovered from atop a coffin, which revealed the objects held within. Another artifact, metallic fringe, was discovered inside an anthropomorphic coffin. This object had been placed on the individual’s upper torso, between the left humerus and ribs. Too fragile to disarticulate, the artifact was removed in block and examined in the lab. These unique finds started us on a 20 month journey utilizing multiple micro CT equipment  and were instrumental for the identification of two of the chancel burials.

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Thinking Inside the Box: The Use of Micro CT for Archaeological Analysis. Michael Lavin, David Givens. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435311)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 730

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America