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Application of Alternative Light Source to Identify Painted Markings on a Model 1917 Renault French Tank

Author(s): Douglas Scott

Year: 2017

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Summary

A very large battle damaged artifact, a M1917 French Renault tank, at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri was subjected to analysis with an ALS (altenative light source) in order to identify and bring out faded painted markings. The ALS aided in identifying the tank as a vehicle assigned to the First French Tank Regiment. Work witht the ALS also helped more clearly identify the tank maintenance crew as Americans mechanic trainees who scratched their names on the inside of the front hatch cover. These discoveries are now part of the museum'sexhibition and interpretation of the tank. The successful use of ALS in this case demonstrates its potential, in some cases, of furthering artifact identification and interpretation.


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Application of Alternative Light Source to Identify Painted Markings on a Model 1917 Renault French Tank. Douglas Scott. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435363)


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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): 108

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