3D Scanning Discoveries: Mummy Remains, Edinburgh Castle Well, New Bronze Age Site
3D technology not only works for printing objects but it can be used in scanning. So far 3D scanning has unearthed mummies, a seven-hundred-year-old well, and an uncovered Bronze Age site.
Doctor Jamie Fraser used technology such as 3D scanning to unearth a mummy. The coffin itself held the first clue. The hieroglyphics indicated that a priestess by the name of Mer-Neith-it-es was buried inside the coffin. It is not always true that the ancient coffins contain the body of the person marked.
The 3D models were created from detailed CT scans. The models of the bones of the feet and ankles make the team thing that the body inside the coffin is over age thirty. They would need toenails in order to carbon date the mummy.
Looting in the Ancient Egyptian grave sites has caused the mummy not to be well preserved. This makes finding out exactly who the mummy is almost impossible.
It was originally thought that the coffin was empty. A team of archaeologists was shocked to find a mummy that has been inside the coffin for approximately 2.500 years.
Laser scanning of the Edinburgh Castle found a seven-hundred-year-old well. Once the scanning was done it was turned into a 3D model. This is how the well was found.
The well was named Fore Well and is one of the older parts of the castle. It was dug into the volcanic rock on which the castle was built. The main source of water for the castle in medieval times was Fore Well.
The 3D models are very similar to survey drawings completed by William Thomas Oldrieve an architect. Oldrieve’s drawings were complete without the use of modern scanning equipment.
Using 3D models will show how the early castle looked. The models will enable the lesser known areas of the castle to be reconstructed.
Bronze Age Discovery
An aerial scan of Ramsey Island was made from which a 3D model was made uncovered and unmarked Bronze Age landscape.
The Climate Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands, and Headlands originally commissioned the scan to be completed so that data for studying climate change actually showed this Bronze Age landscape.
The model revealed;
1. Bronze Age barrows,
2. A prehistoric coastal promontory fort and,
3. The possible chapel remains.
The 3D models will be studied. These studies hope to show how humans lived on the island in the past 4,000 to 5,000 years.