During July of 2016, Duquesne University's Classics Department, in collaboration with the Athenian Agora Excavations and the Corinth Excavations, and with permission from the First Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens, instituted a pilot project to 3D scan artifacts using non-contact, active scanning technology.

The season’s work aimed to test and experiment with the scanner’s capabilities for documenting diverse artifact types, to determine best practices, and to investigate the suitability of various scans for both educational and research purposes. In the interests of scientific documentation and scholarship, our goal is to digitally record (and process) artifacts in the highest detail and with the greatest accuracy. We also experiment with practical field methods for digital imaging in museums, storerooms, and fieldwork locations. Additionally, because artifact material, texture, and form impact the quality of laser-recorded data (Slizewski 2009), we test a variety of Greek artifact types.

To date, we have recorded 3D models of over 70 artifacts, in a variety of forms: inscriptions, sculptures, reliefs, pottery, and figurines. The materials include marble, limestone, bronze, lead, and ceramics of different fabrics.

The field project arose out of a larger study on religious materiality in ancient Greece, especially the haptic experience of religious practice and the importance of touch. Therefore, all of the artifacts are in some way related to ancient religions, rituals, and divinities.


The 2016 team was led by Dr. K.A. Rask, and included Ariana Lower, Jessica Marinaro, Cameryn McNeillie, and Jackie Patterson.

2016 student research assistants in Santorini: Ariana, Jessica, Jackie, and Cameryn.

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