archaeology

A New Ally for Preserving Cultural Heritage: Realistic 3D Printed Models

Extensive destruction has taken its toll on history, but for the last few years, some archaeological sites that have been looted, ravaged and eroded are getting a second chance thanks…

3D Laser Scanning Technology Reveals a Massive Mayan “Megalopolis” Hidden in the Guatemalan Jungle

Generally accepted Western conceits about the possible size and scope of tropical civilizations continue to be shattered with the help of high-powered 3D scanning technology and organizations like PACUNAM, Guatemala’s…

3D Scanning and 3D Printing Could Help Solve a Mystery of Human Migration

There are differing opinions about when humans started migrating out of Africa. One model shows us leaving between 40,000 and 80,000 years ago in a mass migration, while another belief…

3D Printing Shows an Old Viking King in a New Light

Gorm den Gamle, or Gorm the Old, wasn’t very old by today’s standards. At most, he was around 50 when he died, though that was a plenty respectable age for…

Making History Accessible: 3D Scanning, 3D Printing and Forensics Archaeology Recreate the Face of the Lady of Cao

While many say that 3D printing is the technology of the future, it’s often used as a gateway to the past, making ancient history more accessible to everyone. The technology…

Italy’s WitLab Creates 3D Printed ArcheoRov, Ready for Underwater Archaeological Expeditions

I really enjoy learning, and writing, about drones. There are a lot of applications for drone technology, ranging from the more mundane (but fun!) pizza delivery to cutting-edge drones being used…

Researchers in Guatemala Use LIDAR 3D Scanning in Mirador Basin, Discover Ancient Network of Superhighways

It’s one thing to use a 3D scanner to scan a person, animal, or object, and use the scan to 3D print an object you can pick up and hold,…

Archaeologists Use Drone to Build 3D Virtual Reality Map of Laos’ Plain of Jars

Just as the emergence of 3D printing technology has been found useful for a number of applications, the rise of drone technology has provided immense benefits to many ventures as…

Take a Virtual Tour of a Wealthy Pompeii Home Before the Volcano, Thanks to 3D Technology

One of the most famous tragedies of all time is that of Pompeii, the Mediterranean village destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the year 79 AD. In mere minutes, the…

Recreating Iron Age Jewelry with 3D Printing

The Orkney Islands are an archipelago off the northern coast of Scotland. Comprised of 70 islands, about 20 of which are inhabited, it has a rich and storied history and…

TPE TopCon: A Look at 16 Top 3D Printing Stories of 2016

Yesterday in Akron, Ohio was the 12th TPE TopCon event, a conference dedicated to thermoplastics hosted by the Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and the TPE Special…

3D Printed Archaeological Specimens Give Distance Learners the Full Lab Experience at USQ

The Internet is great for many things, but one of the greatest things to come out of it, in my opinion, is online learning. Thanks to online and remote college…

University of Chicago Digitally Restores Ancient Buddhist Caves with 3D Scanners

In the Shanxi province of China, about 36 kilometers south of Taiyun City, stands the Heavenly Dragon Mountain, or Tianlongshan. In the sixth century, Buddhist monks began construction on a series…

3D Technologies Digitally Unwrap Mummies’ Secrets

There is something almost magically fascinating about mummies. Apart from the somewhat macabre notion that you are staring at the wrappings of a dead body, there are notions of the whispered…

Wessex Archaeology 3D Scans and Prints Two Shipwrecks from Underwater Archaeological Sites in UK

There’s no denying that the value of 3D printing has grown immensely throughout a wide range of industries over time, but one field I personally feel isn’t alluded to enough…

3D Model of Centuries-Old Skull from Battle of Culloden Reveals New Information

Every now and then we have to freshen up on our military history. Why? Because 3D modeling and printing technology is being used to enhance artifact research and produce replicas of weapons used in historic battles. Occasionally it is also used…

University of Alabama’s Office of Archaeological Research Uses 3D Technology to Rebuild the Past

It’s interesting to think about how much technology is used to look back in time, so to speak. I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that it’s possible…

Ancient Japanese Vase Perfectly Recreated Through 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

In the Neolithic era, Japan was home to a culture of people known as the Jōmon. A race of hunter-gatherers, the Jōmon are known for their distinctive pottery, which is, according to…

Researchers 3D Scan & Print Replica of 550-year Old Peruvian Baby Mummy To Better Understand Its Past

Surely, if you hopped in your handy time capsule and hightailed it back to an earlier culture to forge a discussion regarding mummies, citizens might be puzzled by our contemporary fascination–and even…

3D Printed Artifacts Help Schoolchildren “Dig” Archeology

Educators know how valuable experiences that are “hands-on” or “in the field” can be for children or students of any age. Reading about a topic is one thing, but learning about…