Introduction

Screenshot of 3D model of Painted Body Sherd from Akhmim, Egypt

The Digital Content Library recently used advanced imaging technology to produce 3D models of pottery from Akhmīm, Egypt. The samples selected for this project were just a few of many thousands of pieces of pottery that had been excavated by researchers from the University of Minnesota during archaeological investigations in the city of Akhmīm in 1978, 1981, and 1982. 

During the spring of 2016, the Digital Content Library asked Dr. Ivančica Dvoržak Schrunk, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, who was a ceramicist and chief registrar for the Akhmīm excavation, to select samples of pottery for scanning because we wanted to include examples of 3D imaging in our new database. The scans were created by Samantha Thi Porter, Digital Preservation Specialist for the Digital Content Library, who has extensive experience with photogrammetry and 3D modeling of archaeological materials. 

Samantha used her own portable photogrammetry equipment to create the 3D models, but for those interested, equipment and software for 3D modeling are now available in AISOS (Advanced Imaging Service for Objects and Spaces), located in 431 Heller Hall.

Excavations in Akhmīm, Egypt

Churchyard of Abū Sayfayn (Sector One), Akhmīm, Egypt, during excavation, 1981