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Celebrating America’s Independence Day: 3D Scanning at Ferry Farm

by Bernard K. Means, project director

VCU student Beth Reid assists with a slacklining event.

I celebrated America’s Independence Day in the most appropriate place that I could–George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg (see http://kenmore.org/ff_home.html) for more details.  The George Washington Foundation offers reduced admission that day, and there were many attractions from which visitors could chose, ranging from an active archaeological excavation in the backyard of George Washington’s Boyhood Home to reenactors garbed in American Indian, Colonial, and Civil War clothing–representing major periods preserved in the archaeological record at Ferry Farm.

Setting up to scan a pewter spoon under the watchful gaze of George Washington.

The kind folks at Ferry Farm made their Small Finds Laboratory available for my use.  The laboratory has a viewing window that enables the public to watch the activities taking place–and on July 4, 2012, the main activity was 3D imaging of archaeological objects recovered at Ferry Farm.  These objects included both Colonial European items and pre-Contact American Indian tools and were made available by Laura Galke, Artifact Analyst at Ferry Farm who was spending that day directing the archaeological investigations at the site.

A young visitor looks on as an artifact is scanned in the Small Finds Laboratory at Ferry Farm.

I certainly attracted my fair share of visitors, both young and old.  I was even able to use plastic replicas of artifacts from Ferry Farm–scanned at earlier visits–to interact with the public.  Right now, plans are in place to take some of the digital models of Ferry Farm artifacts and incorporate them into computer tablets that future visitors will use as they tour the Washington landscape. More details will follow as they become available.

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One thought on “Celebrating America’s Independence Day: 3D Scanning at Ferry Farm

  1. You’ve captured the fun of Ferry Farm on the fourth well! Love the blog!

    Posted by Laura Galke | July 20, 2012, 12:23 pm

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