DIY RTI

DIY RTI

This last year, my colleagues and I at the University of Minnesota have started experimenting a lot more with reflectance transformation imaging, aka RTI. What is RTI exactly? Like photogrammetry, it works using many digital photos of a single object. That’s about where the similarities end however. When capturing photos for RTI, the camera and object remain stable. The scene is lit from one source, and the position of this source is changed from photo to photo. Software, such as RTIBuilder, is…

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Scanning Obsidian: The CAA Conference in Oslo, Norway

Scanning Obsidian: The CAA Conference in Oslo, Norway

I just got back from a whirlwind week in Oslo for the annual Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology conference. I was lucky enough to attend the meetings last year in Sienna, and was super excited to see what was new in the world of applying and teaching digital archaeology this year. The trip included both great discussions with colleagues, and some fun excursions (see the embarrassing selfie from the Viking Ship Museum below). My own presentation, co-authored with Kele Missal…

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Leakey Foundation Blog Feature

Leakey Foundation Blog Feature

What a better way to start a blog than to copy a post from somewhere! Recently, colleagues and I published a paper on using photogrammetry to create 3D models of stone tools in the journal Advances in Archaeological Practice. I’ve been lucky enough to have my dissertation research funded by a grant from the Leakey Foundation, and wrote up a short summary of the paper for their website. You can read the post on their website, or check it out…

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