Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Engineers & Archaeologists Pair up to Examine Roman Coins

At the Uni­ver­si­ty of Southamp­tom, archae­ol­o­gists and engi­neers have teamed up to study Roman coin hoards in Eng­land. The x-ray equip­ment they are using can pro­duce thou­sands of 2D images that are capa­ble of build­ing 3D images. These images allow archae­ol­o­gists to study the coins in high res­o­lu­tion detail:

"The Uni­ver­si­ty's Archae­o­log­i­cal Com­put­ing Research Group can then take this one step fur­ther — pro­duc­ing accu­rate, high res­o­lu­tion CGI visu­al­i­sa­tions based on scan data. This gives archae­ol­o­gists and con­ser­va­tors around the world the oppor­tu­ni­ty to vir­tu­al­ly exam­ine, exca­vate and 'clean' objects."  Dr. Graeme Earl