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New technology scans soil-encased artifacts in 3D

A new scanning technology has been developed that allows archaeologists to scan artifacts encased in soil in 3D.

Capable of resolutions better than 0.1mm – the diameter of a human hair – it allows archaeologists to carefully examine material while still encased in soil.

Using visualisation software, archaeologists can then analyse their finds in 3D. This keeps the material in its original form, and postpones any commitment to the painstaking process of excavation by hand.

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Story: Dougal Shaw, BBC | Photo: BBC

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