by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)
Today’s animation is a a close helmet excavated in 2007 by Jamestown Rediscovery. The helmet was carefully conserved in the shape in which it was found, with the visor bent away from the bevor, as detailed here Physically unbending the metal helmet could damage the actual object, but this is not a restriction with digitally unbending. This particular animation derives from a 3D scan using a Sense 3D scanner, which is relatively crude for this purpose, but nonetheless illustrates the potential of digital reconstruction and manipulation of archaeological items distorted from their original shapes. The close helmet will be rescanned with a NextEngine Desktop 3D scanner in the near future.