by Bernard K. Means, project director
On June 2, I was part of a panel of experts presenting on various aspects of technology in archaeology, which was sponsored by the Council for West Virginia Archaeology (http://www.cwva.org/) and the West Virginia Archeological Society (http://wvarch.org/), and organized by Dara Spenser of Cultural Resources Analysts, Inc. My presentation on the use of 3D scanning technology and archaeological curation seemed to go well, and attendees of the workshop certainly were interested in the items we scanned and then reproduced with our MakerBot Replicator.
During the presentation, I scanned two artifacts from West Virginia Fort Ancient village sites: a shell masquette, and a fabric-impressed sherd. The shell masquette was recovered from the Buffalo site, and made available by Dave Martin (who has his own web site at: http://www.martincollection.net/). The shell masquette proved more challenging to scan than I anticipated, but these challenges will help contribute to our understanding of the potentials and limitations of our NextEngine scanner.
The large sherd from the Barker site (46Su3) was a more straightforward scan. This sherd had residue on the interior that may prove sufficient for an accelerator mass spectrometry date–something that I plan on pursuing with Bob Maslowski. This sherd was provided by David Dobbins.
All in all, a great workshop and I commend the Council for putting this together.