Scanning priceless artifacts in 3D at Museum of the Nation in Lima, Peru

Summary: The museum needed to scan a range of important artifacts for an upcoming presentation on augmented reality and museography for the Qhapaq Ñan (Great Inca Road) project.

The Goal: To use a lightweight, handheld 3D scanner and digitally capture in high detail a range of ancient artifacts and then export these for use in a 3D virtual palace.

Tools Used: Artec Eva, Artec Studio

Eva has been used to scan a total of 15 ceramic, stone and wooden artifacts at the Museum of the Nation in the Peruvian capital of Lima.

The models will be featured in the museum’s presentation on augmented reality and museography to be held through the Qhapaq Ñan (Great Inca Road) project during the Qhapaq Ñan week on November 3-8 and sponsored by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. Most of them will be used for a 3D reconstruction of an Inca palace at Tambo Colorado, an adobe complex near Peru’s Pacific coast.

Check out the 3D models below (courtesy of Francisco Correa). You can rotate them and view them with and without texture.

Inca vessels

http://viewshape.com/shapes/u8hd1t3qk6c

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 An Inca vessel in the shape of a lama: http://viewshape.com/shapes/ocbqs84pao3

 An Inca mace head: http://viewshape.com/shapes/yi02wbca6qh

 A modern ceramic vessel in the shape of a bull: http://viewshape.com/shapes/xclub8ljjhp

 A modern ceramic statuette of a church: http://viewshape.com/shapes/ejdqhqscjty

An Inca vase: http://viewshape.com/shapes/ayl8lbx6dzn

An Inca decorative niche: http://viewshape.com/shapes/t8hqafuiuxv

Artec would like to thank Ms. Yanoa Pomalima, an archaeologist working at the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, for her invaluable help on this project.