Acquiring and post-processing 3D data in Anthropology and Archaeology

Nowadays the virtual environment is becoming pivotal in anthropology, archaeology, medical and dental field. New technologies for acquiring and post-processing three-dimensional (3D) image data, originally developed for medicine and engineering, are increasingly being applied in anthropology and archaeology for data collection, preservation and analysis. The 3D digital models can be considered as faithful copies of the original data, which can be used for non-invasive analysis, exhibition and, most importantly, for the digital preservation of the world’s cultural heritage. Unfortunately, the Cultural Heritage can be stolen or even destroyed: a virtual archive will prevent this from happening by preserving the memories it contains.

The summer-school in “ACQUIRING AND POST PROCESSING 3D DATA IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND ARCHAEOLOGY” is suitable for undergraduate/graduate students, PhD students, post-doctorates in the field of anthropology, archaeology, medicine and dentistry who are interested in developing basic, but fundamental, skills in 3D data acquisition and post processing. The participant will learn different kinds of technologies for 3D data acquisition (e.g., surface scans, X-ray computed tomography – CT), methods for post processing surface data and segmenting/visualizing image data from (micro)-CT sources to create 3D digital models. We aim to provide the participants the knowledge to create 3D digital models (starting from different sources) useful for further specific analysis/visualization/3D printing. Teaching is arranged with both lectures and practical sessions by experts in the field.