We’re back!

After several weeks on the road with our 3D scanners, we are back in the lab. Many thanks to our friends at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission for their incredible hospitality – this little adventure would not have been possible without their help.

We will be showcasing various scans from our 3D roadshow in the coming weeks, but here’s a sneak preview of some of the incredible prehistoric and historic artifacts that we had the opportunity to work with.

The preview begins with a vessel that was inherited by one of my host families. The reason that I wanted to include this particular piece is to illustrate that although the Caddo NAGPRA vessel scans appear without color due to our agreement with the Caddo for access and dissemination, we do in fact collect those data, and they are available upon request to the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma. This particular effigy vessel (badger) likely originated from the Casas Grandes region of the American Southwest.



The folks at TPWD’s Cultural Division have been featuring some of the 3D animations via Twitter (see those here). While at TPWD, we had the opportunity to work with several students from Mathews Elementary, and put our scanners in the hands of the Director of TPWD and the Director of Parks, who helped us to scan their collection of Caddo NAGPRA vessels.  In addition to the NAGPRA vessels, we also scanned a variety of other artifacts for forthcoming reports, presentations and exhibits. This includes the ceramic vessel below that was an isolated find at Brazos Bend State Park.


A few additional items worth mention here are a piece from the Star of the Republic Museum (below), and an isolated find–by a Boy Scout–of a Spanish medallion at Goliad (also below).



While we just finished scanning at the THC yesterday afternoon, we thought that you might enjoy the piece below. I don’t want to give all of the details away just yet, but this piece has a rather interesting story that we’ll delve into in a future post.


Again, many (MANY!) thanks to our good friends at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission for their hospitality. If you have not had the chance to visit these repositories, I encourage you to drop by in the future – the collections (and the people) are no less than incredible.

Written by zselden

My research is focused at the confluence of archaeology, engineering, computer science, and the humanities. I am particularly interested in the application of 3D technologies to archaeological problems, geometric morphometrics, network analyses, archaeological theory, and archaeological science.