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VCU Archaeology

Dispatch from the Virginia Museum of Natural History, Day 1

by Bernard K. Means, Project Director

Today, January 6, Mariana Zechini, Rachael Hulvey, and I traveled the scenic and blustery byways to the Virginia Museum of Natural History (VMNH). We are basically here to scan animal bones from archaeological and type collections managed by Curator of Archaeology Dr. Elizabeth Moore.  We started out by selecting animal bones from the James River Canal site that showed butchering marks.

Mariana Zechini, Rachael Hulvey, and Dr. Elizabeth Moore examine animal bone remains for butchering marks.

Mariana Zechini, Rachael Hulvey, and Dr. Elizabeth Moore examine animal bone remains for butchering marks.

Because we arrived late in the afternoon, we had time to scan only a butchered cow bone from the James River Canal site with our NextEngine Desktop 3D scanner.

Scanning the butchered cow bone.

Scanning the butchered cow bone.

We also compared a printed replica of a pathological deer bone we scanned on an earlier visit with the original in the collections of VMNH.  The darkened area of the deer bone shows where the rib fused to the vertebra following an injury.

Replica (top) and actual (bottom) of pathological deer bone.

Replica (top) and actual (bottom) of pathological deer bone.

While we were scanning the cow bone, VMNH Curator of Paleontology Dr. Alton Dooley stopped by to discuss the possibility of scanning some dinosaur tracks located at a nearby quarry in the spring.  We took the opportunity to use our Sense 3D scanner on a dinosaur track that they had in their collection.

3D model of a dinosaur track.

3D model of a dinosaur track.\

Tomorrow, following a two-hour delay because of the extreme cold, we will continue with our efforts to scan archaeological faunal remains.

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