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3D-printed underwater archaeological sites

Two shipwrecks found in UK waters are the first underwater archaeological sites to be recreated with 3D printing technology. Archaeologists have made a full colour model of a wreck near Drumbeg, in Sutherland, thought to date from the late 17th or early 18th century. A print has also been made of HMHS

3D printing Ötzi the Iceman

Researchers have created 3D printed models of Ötzi the Iceman using CT scans of the 5,000-year-old mummy. Pre-existing CT scans were used to make the resin replica which was then sculpted and hand-painted by US artist Gary Staab over many months, the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology, where Oetzi is housed,

Using 3D printing to fix ancient artifacts

Researchers at Harvard University's Semitic Museum are using 3D printers to recreate a ceramic lion that was destroyed 3,000 years ago by the Assyrians during an attack on the Mesopotamian city of Nuzi. [Thx to Bryan for the link!] Using a process called photomodeling, the Harvard team photographed sculpture fragments in

Using 3D printers to restore artifacts

Wired has posted an interesting story about the use of 3D printing in restoring some ancient artifacts in Beijing's Forbidden City. The team is capturing the shape of the original objects using laser or optical scanners then cleaning up the data using reverse engineering techniques. This allows damaged parts of intricate

3D printing cuneiform tablets

Researchers have come up with a cool use for 3D printing technology - making duplicates of ancient cuneiform tablets. Tablets can be copied using latex molds, but this runs the risk of damaging the original, Owen said. The most important recent technological development in the field was digital photography; this allowed

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