Project Title

3D Modeling and Scanning of Archaeological Artifacts

Academic department under which the project should be listed

COTA - Art and Design

Abstract (300 words maximum)

This academic year I have been working as a research assistant to Professor Kiernan as part of the First-year research program. My work concerns a collection of ancient bronzes from the Buffalo Museum of Science, now on display in the Bentley Rare Book room at KSU. I worked with different 3D modeling software that employs photogrammetry to create printable 3D files. This included Agisoft Metashape, HP 3D Scan Pro, Mudbox, and 3D Max, etc. and obtained new skills in 3D modelling techniques of archaeological artifacts. The long term plan is to develop a virtual museum exhibition in which my models will eventually be used. 3D images offer advantages over basic photographs of artifacts, because they allow multiple views, and give a sense of shape, from a single file. Moreover, an object in one museum can be printed in a 3D printer to create a physical reprodcution of the ancient artifact anywhere in the world. This ability is an immensely valuable tool for art historians and archaeologists, as well as an interesting way of educating the public about art history and cultural heritage.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

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3D Modeling and Scanning of Archaeological Artifacts

This academic year I have been working as a research assistant to Professor Kiernan as part of the First-year research program. My work concerns a collection of ancient bronzes from the Buffalo Museum of Science, now on display in the Bentley Rare Book room at KSU. I worked with different 3D modeling software that employs photogrammetry to create printable 3D files. This included Agisoft Metashape, HP 3D Scan Pro, Mudbox, and 3D Max, etc. and obtained new skills in 3D modelling techniques of archaeological artifacts. The long term plan is to develop a virtual museum exhibition in which my models will eventually be used. 3D images offer advantages over basic photographs of artifacts, because they allow multiple views, and give a sense of shape, from a single file. Moreover, an object in one museum can be printed in a 3D printer to create a physical reprodcution of the ancient artifact anywhere in the world. This ability is an immensely valuable tool for art historians and archaeologists, as well as an interesting way of educating the public about art history and cultural heritage.