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VCU Archaeology

The Virtual Curation Project

Virginia Commonwealth University (V.C.U) has a new 3D feature attraction in the Anthropology Program and you don’t need 3D glasses to see it!

In the picture to the left are team members, from left to right: Clinton M. King, Dr. Bernard K. Means, Courtney Bowles, and Tori Valentine.

Archaeology at VCU has partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Legacy Program to create a new digital data project which will incorporate the use of a three-dimensional object scanner in recording American Indian and historic artifacts for analysis and conservation.   Dr. Bernard K. Means has enthusiastically named the project: the Virtual Curation Unit for Recording Archaeological Materials Systematically, or V.C.U.-R.A.M.S.

With the introduction of this new technology, and with help from John Haynes, archaeologist at U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico, and D.o.D.’s Legacy Program, VCU Archaeology is developing methodology for 3D digital data collection and virtual artifact curation that will be applicable for a wide range of archaeological objects. By utilizing this ability to scan and produce 3D images of artifacts, VCU has the potential to create an extensive virtual catalog of American Indian and historic artifacts.

Project team:

Project Director: Dr. Bernard K. Means

Digital Curator: Clinton King

Research Associate: Courtney Bowles

Multimedia Coordinator: Tori Valentine

Lab Intern: Cameron Boothe

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