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The Virtual Hampson Museum

 

The Virtual Hampson Museum    

  The Hampson Archaeological Museum State Park in Wilson, Arkansas houses some of the most extraordinary examples of Native American pottery in North America. Researchers at CAST have used the Konica-Minolta VIVID 9i laser scanner to scan and document over 400 artifacts from the collection. The result is the Virtual Hampson Museum.  Here visitiors can view and interact with the 3D digital artifacts, allowing for an interactive museum-like experience.  The digital artifacts are also available for download in different resolutions and 3D formats including VRML, OBJ, and 3D PDF.
There is also an interactive viewer in the virtual museum that allows users to view and record measurements on the artifacts on the fly (using Adobe Reader).  Interested parties, including archaeologists and researchers, can also download the original full resolution models with recommended free software and perform more advanced measurements and analyses.  This functionality is available for over 400 digital artifacts!

Images of scanned pottery

In addition to the digital artifacts, a 3D Visualization of the Upper Nodena Village is also available in the virtual museum.  These are a series of images that depict what the Native American village of Upper Nodena may have looked like ~500 years ago when the site was inhabited.  
Visit the Virtual Hampson Museum to view more of the images and be sure to explore the 3D Visualization FAQ section for details on the decision that governed the content presented in the village visualizations.
 
Upper Nodena Village Visualization