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3D Laser Scanning

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3d ScannerPSAL employs 3D laser scanning technology to capture high resolution spatial datasets that accurately represent the form of archaeological objects.  We use these spatial datasets in many ways.  The digital scan can be used to provide visual representations of artifacts that can be added to webpages or inserted into PDF documents as interactive 3D models.  The 3D scan file can be used to create physical replicas of artifacts on our 3D printer.  Lastly, we can conduct cutting-edge morphometric analyses that address key questions about artifact design, technology and typology.  We also employ 3D scanning to capture digital representations of archaeological features and stratigraphic profiles at archaeological sites.  These digitized aspects of sites can be added to GIS frameworks in order to build a virtual archive of site-level information, preserving key information otherwise lost during the process of excavation. 

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    Here, we describe a range of cutting-edge digital technologies used to study archaeological data from the Cooper's Ferry site.

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    Effigy pipe scanned with our 3D laser scanner, then rendered in the blender application using the cycles renderer. 

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    In this video, we discuss how the collection and use of digital 3D datasets assembled from archaeological materials can be used to support new...

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    Testing out the Makerbot Replicator 2 with two projectile point models. Artifacts were scanned using a nextengine 3d scanner, processed in meshlab...

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    This is a 3D rendering of a sacrum from a potential archaeological context we made at the Pacific Slope Archaeological Laboratory. The 3d scan was...

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    This video provides an introduction to the work that PSAL researchers conduct at the Cooper's Ferry site in western Idaho as part of the Oregon...