3D imaging for visualising Roman activity at Vindolanda

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Museums have an ethical code to educate and undertake research. 3D imaging removes access issues to archaeological material by providing accurate replicas of artefacts. These models provide a direct encounter with heritage whist protecting the archaeological record. This project discusses the excellent potential in 3D imaging for enhancing these objectives at Vindolanda Museum, Northumberland UK.

Vindolanda is a World Heritage site at the Frontiers of the Roman Empire, located along Hadrian’s Wall. The conditions at Vindolanda results in the recovery of delicate, exceptional artefacts. A collection of skulls, including ox skulls used for target practice, were scanned using a 3D structured light scanner and processed into print-ready 3D models.

The features presented in the skulls provide evidence of highly-skilled Roman archers participating in archery target practice. The 3D digital and printed models provided potential for the public to directly interact with the excavation site and the complex, contextual information it presented, whether in the museum or online. These interactions provided deep and effective learning.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2019
EventUnited Kingdom Archaeological Sciences Conference 2019 - University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Apr 201926 Apr 2019


ConferenceUnited Kingdom Archaeological Sciences Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleUKAS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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