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3D Technology Makes Archaeology Better

NextEngine 3D scanner scanning an Acheulean handaxe from Africa. Photo: SHA.org

NextEngine 3D scanner scanning an Acheulean handaxe from Africa. Photo: SHA.org

In the Society for Historical Archaeology’s blog, Virginia Commonwealth University undergraduate student Ashley McCuistion explains how the cutting edge in modern 3D technology is helping to educate people about archaeology:

I began my involvement as an intern last summer, and very quickly began to appreciate the significance of the technology I was becoming familiar with. VCL employs a NextEngine 3D Desktop Scanner, which uses laser technology to create three-dimensional models of objects. The user can then process the model and finalize it in STL or OBJ formats, which can be shared via the internet or on a number of electronic devices such as smart phones and tablets.

“We also have a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, which can print plastic copies of the models we have created. There are countless ways that this technology could benefit archaeology, but as a student who was still fairly new to the field, I saw its greatest potential in education and public outreach.

Read Ashley’s excellent blog post here.

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