3D Scanning at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory

This week, I am scanning Caddo ceramics, Gahagan bifaces, and Clovis artifacts at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory. The opportunity also arose to scan a painted pebble from the Lower Pecos region. See the first of the processed scans below.

Many thanks to the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, and the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) for permissions and access.


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.


  1. Wow, Hi, I’m Pam Headrick (MA from UT at Austin) and I spent my working life at TARL as their staff illustrator, drawing more than 1000 artifacts in pen & ink. But the 3D documentation is really cool. Can it be enlarged, zoomed in for details?


    1. Hi Pam, You should be able to manipulate the images–press play, then click/drag to move. Scroll to zoom. Best, Z


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