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VCU Archaeology

Spanning the Course of Time

by Francesca Chesler, Intern in the Virtual Curation Laboratory

I am a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) majoring in anthropology with a minor in media studies and Spanish. This is my first semester as an intern for the Virtual Curation Lab. During this semester, I hope to learn the basics of 3D printing and I am very excited to work with artifacts, including stone tools and other prehistoric artifacts.This summer, I went to field school at Ferry Farm where I got a chance to see just some of the many places  3D scanning and printing can be done. I am also interested in traveling to different places to exhibit artifacts printed by the Virtual Curation lab. So far, I have learned the basics of scanning and editing artifacts in the lab. I have scanned a few objects for practice, and have edited a few of the artifacts from James Madison’s Montpelier.

Learning the basics of scanning in the Virtual Curation Lab.

Learning the basics of scanning in the Virtual Curation Lab.

In addition to scanning and editing, fellow intern Ruth Martin and I have been working on re-cataloging the collection of 3D printed artifacts in the lab. While this task is a bit tedious because of the large number of artifacts, it is interesting to see the various artifacts that have been 3D printed as they span the course of time, from chunkey stones to tobacco pipes with Masonic symbols!

Some of the 3D printed artifacts waiting to be cataloged.

Some of the 3D printed artifacts waiting to be cataloged.

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