Cultural heritage preservation: mummy scanning
Recently Artec MHT scanner was involved in an unusual project. A centerpiece of an upcoming exhibition, Miss Johanna Julliane Pforte, a mummy, had to be digitized. Miss Pforte, in life, used to be an honorable member of high society of Nedlitz. She died more than 300 years ago and her body was mummified and placed in a tomb at St. Nicolas church in Germany.
How were Artec scanners involved? Before restoration the mummy had to be digitally preserved for the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museum, Mannheim. Moreover, after the restoration process itself, experts used the 3D model to preserve the initial position of objects around her.
Scanning took 40 minutes. We had a lot of data after scanning, so the post processing took several hours (on a PC with 64GB RAM and a high-end processor). Most of the time was spent on applying texture.
Archaeologists working in South Africa’s “Cradle of Humankind” utilized a handheld 3D scanner during excavation & manual reconstruction to help safely piece back together an extremely rare hominid cranium from hundreds of unearthed fragments.
An archaeologist needed a way to digitally preserve ancient Peruvian artifacts and petroglyphs in damp, humid conditions, far more reliably and quickly than traditional photogrammetry.
Back in the 1500s, the citizens and members of Mantua’s Jewish community couldn’t even imagine that their descendants would one day not merely be able to see their community’s signature artifact all in one piece, even after 500 years, but also be able to explore it up close in 360 degrees without even leaving their homes.