Interesting aside from the Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University (Selden and Means)

Recently, a former student of the late Dr. James E. Corbin (Dr. John Hart, now Director of the Research and Collections Division at the New York State Museum) put me in touch with Dr. Bernard K. Means, the Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University. In what I’m hoping will grow into a long-term collaborative research effort, we have begun to share ideas, methods, and yes – data. Some of you will no doubt recognize the image below as FIN-S7 from the Vanderpool collection. Means used a series of screenshots of the vessel to create this 3D representation.


Image appears courtesy of Bernard K. Means and the Virtual Curation Laboratory, and the Gregg County Historical Museum.

Taking things one step further, Means used a 3D printer to create a small-scale copy of this vessel.


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Image appears courtesy of Bernard K. Means and the Virtual Curation Laboratory.

Lastly, one of Means’ students, Ms. Ashley McCuistion, just published an article in the Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology entitled “Promoting the Past: The Educational Applications of 3D Scanning Technology in Archaeology,” which can be viewed here: McCuistion2013.

That said, we wish to convey our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the faculty, staff and students at the Virtual Curation Laboratory for helping to further our understanding of the applications of 3D technology and data in archaeology, and we encourage you to visit their blog at:


Written by zselden

Selden (PhD, Texas A&M University, 2013) is a husband, father, US Marine Corps veteran, cyclist, kayaker, backpacker, hiker, climber, fisherman and general all-around outdoor enthusiast. His research is focused at the confluence of archaeological methods and digital technology, and he is particularly interested in the application of 3D technologies to archaeological problems, geometric morphometrics, network analyses, predictive modeling, archaeological theory, and archaeological science.