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Advanced 3D Imaging and Morphometrics for Archaeologists

I will be teaching a section of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training’s Advanced 3D Imaging and Morphometrics for Archaeologists workshop from October 15 – 18, 2018 in the Conservation Laboratory at the Arizona State Museum, on the campus of the University of Arizona.

Other instructors include Bernard K. Means, Loren Davis, and Michael Shott who will be discussing public archaeology and outreach, 3D projectile point analysis, and theory and methods, respectively.

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The objective of this workshop is to share and discuss the latest uses of 3D imaging of archaeological artifacts in order to improve the utility and precision of analyses that employ 3D data to assess morphological variation. Additional discussions will cover topics related to digital curation and public archaeology, where the utility of 3D scans reach beyond traditional analyses. To accomplish this, we are bringing together selected experts to one location to share their expertise. This four-day event will include lectures, a hands-on practicum, data analysis demonstrations, and discussions of best practices and data curation.

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3D Ceramics from the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona

Any time that I get to work alongside Dr. Suzanne Eckert is always a treat; so when I received an invitation to visit the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona to scan some ceramics for an upcoming pilot project with her, we made it happen. The vessels in question have a beveled rim/lip, and we will be looking into various ways of using the 3D data to expand upon current dialogues regarding the extent of this practice. And yes folks, those gloves are really purple.


In addition to the ceramics, I was also able to scan a selection of Clovis points from the Murray Springs and Naco sites. All of the scans will be made available in an open access format soon.

Photos courtesy of the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona.