3D Scans of the Middlebrook Collection

Over the holiday break, I had the opportunity to visit the personal laboratory of Dr. Tom Middlebrook in Nacogdoches, Texas. I have been trying to twist his arm for some time to allow me to scan the various Caddo vessels in his collection (which were given to him by the late Dr. Burr [SFASU Geology] – a mentor and former professor of Middlebrook’s), and we finally found a time that our schedules lined up. I’m not going to give you the context of these vessels, since my analysis and write-up is not yet complete (although the 3D imagery will be available on CRHR:ARCHAEOLOGY in the coming week); however, Middlebrook wanted to make this information available for research (which was Burr’s intent when he passed the collection on to Middlebrook – who has been a diligent steward of these vessels)- which fits well within our efforts to aggregate (digitally) the disparate collections of intact/whole Caddo vessels in our digital repository (which will [hopefully] grow into a far-reaching and up-to-date comparative collection). Next time you see Tom, please let him know that you appreciate his continued efforts to further the study of Texas archaeology and history – he is an incredible steward, and is a very talented archaeologist with whom I continue to be amazed. Selected 2D imagery of the Middlebrook Collection vessels can be found below, and the remaining 2D and 3D versions will soon be available in CRHR:ARCHAEOLOGY (we will post a link as soon as this collection is available).

Enjoy the 2D images, and don’t forget to check back with us to view the 3D imagery when it is posted in CRHR:ARCHAEOLOGY early next week. Thanks again to Middlebrook for making these vessels (and his private laboratory) available for this project. Middlebrook has also provided permission for the Virtual Curation Laboratory at VCU to print (in 3D) and display replicas of these vessels at their laboratory – we’re looking forward to seeing photos of Caddo ceramics displayed in Virginia!

I’m hoping that we can return to Middlebrook’s laboratory in the near future to do a more traditional documentation (temper, type, burial association, metrics, etc.) so that we can explore the potential relationships of these sites with  others from the area.

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Written by zselden

Selden (PhD, Texas A&M University, 2013) is a 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.