3D imaging, digitization and virtual reconstruction of archaeological materials
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.
Scanning with 3D laser and white-light, MicroCT and digital x-ray, 3D printing, artifact digitization and database incorporation, geophysical survey
- Arts and cultural industries
Specialized labs and equipment
|Ancient Images Lab
|X-Tek microCT scanner
|Faxitron digital X-ray
|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
Private and public sector research partners
- 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