Sustainable Archaeology: Western

The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
What the facility does

3D imaging, digitization and virtual reconstruction of archaeological materials

Area(s) of Expertise

Sustainable Archaeology: Western is a collaboratively funded initiative between Western University (SA:Western) and McMaster University (SA:McMaster) in southern Ontario, Canada. Sustainable Archaeology: Western centrally houses collections and data from research and commercial archaeology from across the province.

This amassed material spans 13,000 years of human history. Artifacts, reports, and associated records housed by Sustainable Archaeology are digitized and incorporated into a web-based, open access database, providing unparalleled access to archaeological collections in Canada. Long-term patterns of social change and technological innovation are investigated through materials analysis, augmented by non-invasive 3D and virtual reconstruction of immersive environments.

Research Services

Scanning with 3D laser and white-light, MicroCT and digital x-ray, 3D printing, artifact digitization and database incorporation, geophysical survey

Sectors of Application
  • Arts and cultural industries
  • Education
  • Utilities

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

Ancient Images Lab

X-Tek microCT scanner

 

 

Faxitron digital X-ray 

 

 

3D printer

 

SA Animation Unit

Konica Vivid 9i red laser 3D scanner

 

 

3D3 white light 3D scanner – large

 

 

3D3 white light 3D scanner – small

 

 

3D3 white light 3D scanner – very small

 

 

3D3 white light 3D scanner – extremely small

 

  Artec Spider 3D hand-held scanner  

SA Geophysical Unit

GSSI Ground Penetrating Radar

 

 

Bartington Dual Array Magnetic Gradiometer

 

 

Geoscan Resistivity Meter

 

  • Museum of Ontario Archaeology
  • Department of Anthropology, Western University Department of Earth Sciences, Western University, Richard Secco
  • Western Robarts Research Institute/ David Holdsworth
  • Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry/ Western University/Stephen Sims
  • Department of Chemistry, Western University, Ron Martin
  • Department of Biomedical Engineering, Western University, Mark Neuert
  • Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
  • Lisa Ellis and Alexandra Suda
  • Archaeological Services Inc.
  • Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultant Inc.
  • University of Arizona/ Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research/ Pearce Paul Creasman

Title

URL

Archaeologists search for lost graves at Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site (Western News)

http://communications.uwo.ca/western_news/stories/2011/July/archaeologists_search_for_lost_graves_at_uncle_toms_cabin_historic_site.html

Redefining archaeological research (Western News)

http://communications.uwo.ca/western_news/stories/2012/May/redefining_archaeological_research.html

Digitize (CTV Television)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFIST1rdtLI&feature=player_embedded

Archeologists go gaming (London Free Press)

http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2012/08/10/20091076.html

Découverte d'une maison longue iroquoienne par télédétection (University of Montreal News)

http://www.nouvelles.umontreal.ca/multimedia/forum-en-clips/20120829-decouverte-dune-maison-longue-iroquoienne-par-teledetection.html

Sustainable archaeology program at Western is finding new uses for advanced 3D animation (CFI Blog)

http://blog.innovation.ca/cfi-funded-researchers/sustainable-archaeology-program-at-western-is-finding-new-uses-for-advanced-3d-animation/

Sustainable Archaeology Animation Unit Digitally Imaging Ontario’s Archaeological Heritage (London Economic Development Corporation)

http://www.ledc.com/index.php/ledc/show_NEWS/1512

Sustainable Archaeology Animation Unit Creates Digital Archives of Archaeological Collections using 3D Scanning (3D3 Solutions Blog)

http://blog.3d3solutions.com/bid/92184/Sustainable-Archaeology-Animation-Unit-Creates-Digital-Archives-of-Archaeological-Collections-using-3D-Scanning

Curator's Project: Investigating Miniature Boxwood Carving at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (CODART eZine)

http://ezine.codart.nl/17/issue/45/artikel/investigating-miniature-boxwood-carving-at-the-art-gallery-of-ontario-in-toronto/?id=119

Conservation Notes: A very fine resolution (AGO Art Matters Blog)

http://artmatters.ca/wp/2013/03/conservation-notes-a-very-fine-resolution/

Mégacentre en archéologie à Québec: garder des artéfacts... mais pas tous. Le Soleil http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/actualites/societe/201507/13/01-4885003-megacentre-en-archeologie-a-quebec-garder-des-artefacts-mais-pas-tous.php
Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage http://www.sfu.ca/ipinch/about/ipinch-people/associates/neal-ferris
Archaeology3D (Youtube Channel) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPEa1fDcoOwGkn6YzZVDD-w?view_as=subscriber