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We Cannot Tell a Lie: We Are Scanning at George Washington’s Ferry Farm

by Bernard K. Means and Lauren Volkers

washington-plaqueThis President’s Day Weekend, the George Washington Foundation (GWF) is celebrating George Washington’s Birthday. We are on location at George Washington’s Ferry Farm to scan American Indian chipped stone tools with our NextEngine Desktop 3D scanner to add them to our growing digital type collection.

Lauren preparing to  scaning a point.

Lauren preparing to scaning a point.

We also are taking photographs of earlier scanned points that we have printed along side the original artifacts. A copy of each printed object we have from George Washington’s Ferry Farm is being provided to the GWF’s Small Finds expert Laura Galke for her use in public archaeology, especially during the summer excavations that she leads in the field.

One original, many replicas.

One original, many replicas.

Prior to the beginning of today’s festivity, we scanned with our Sense 3D scanner a large plaque with George Washington’s depiction and a bust of America’s first president. The latter was in a corner which prevented creating a full digital model of the bust.


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