Monthly Archives: October 2014

Animated Object of the Day: Maxillae of a Dog from the Winslow Site

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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Today’s object is the maxillae of a dog from the Winslow site, an American Indian village in Maryland, that was scanned at the Virginia Museum of Natural History on July 17, 2014.

 

 

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Animated Object of the Day: Mandible (right) of a Dog from the Winslow Site

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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Today’s object is the right mandible of a dog from the Winslow site, an American Indian village in Maryland, that was scanned at the Virginia Museum of Natural History on July 17, 2014.

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Animated Object of the Day: Ulna of a Dog from the Winslow Site

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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Today’s object is the ulna of a dog from the Winslow site, an American Indian village in Maryland, that was scanned at the Virginia Museum of Natural History on July 17, 2014.

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Animation of the Day: Clip from a World War II-Era German Luger

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today’s animation is a clip from a German Luger that was confiscated from the commander of a surrendering Nazi unit by General William Collier. It was provided for scanning by his  great granddaughter, VCU student Carson Collier. In addition to fighting in World War II, General Collier also served in World War I and the Korean War. The digital model was created by VCL Digital Curation Supervisor Lauren Volkers. The German Luger’s animation can be found here.

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Animation of the Day: Second Stanly Stemmed Point from the Doerschuk Site, North Carolina

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

 

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Today’s animation is another  Stanly Stemmed point from the Doerschuck Site, North Carolina. This point was scanned on August 4, 2014 in the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The point is illustrated in Figure 31 on Page 36 of Coe’s 1964 work “Formative Cultures of the Carolina Piedmont,” Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Volume 54, Part 5.  It is point A on that figure.

 

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This point, as well as others from Coe’s (1964) monograph, were scanned to aid in the creation of a digital projectile point typology funded by the Department of Defense’s Legacy Program, as detailed here.

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Animation of the Day: 18th Century Spigot from Colchester in Fairfax County, Virginia

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

 

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Today’s animation is an 18th century spigot that was scanned at Fairfax County’s Cultural Resource Management and Protection collections repository in the James Lee Community Center, Falls Church, Virginia. According to Chris Sperling of the Colchester Archaeological Research Team (CART), this spigot was found in a cellar feature context from the town of Colchester.  Other artifacts indicate that this context is a 3rd – 4th quarter 18th century deposit.  The cellar is believed to be associated with the house of Morris Pound, a vintner. George Mason IV issued a recommendation and call for subscribers to support Pound’s winemaking, including helping him purchase a press. One of these subscribers was George Washington. This spigot was scanned on July 27, 2012, as detailed here.

VCU alumnus Mariana Zechini sets up the spigot for scanning.

VCU alumnus Mariana Zechini sets up the spigot for scanning.

 

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Animation of the Day: Mysterious Ancient Figurines

Today’s first animation was scanned with a Sense 3D scanner and as of this date officially meets the National Register of Historic Places half-century criterion for consideration of historic significance.

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The second animation was created at the University of Mary Washington by Tim Owens, an Instructional Technology Specialist using a Printrbot Selfie.

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Animation of the Day: World War II-Era German Luger

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)

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Today’s animation is a German Luger that was confiscated from the commander of a surrendering Nazi unit by General William Collier. It was provided for scanning by his  great granddaughter, VCU student Carson Collier. In addition to fighting in World War II, General Collier also served in World War I and the Korean War. The digital model was created by VCL Digital Curation Supervisor Lauren Volkers.

Carson Collier observes the scanning of the inactive German Luger.

Carson Collier observes the scanning of the inactive German Luger.

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Animation of the Day: World War II-Era Porcelain Japanese Hand Grenade Scanned at the Virginia War Memorial

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

 

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Today’s animation is a World War II-era porcelain Japanese hand grenade that was scanned at the Virginia War Memorial on October 20, 2014.  Toward the latter part of World War II, metal became increasingly scarce for the Japanese Empire so manufacturers turned to ceramics to produce hand grenades. Digital Curation Specialist Lauren Volkers created this animation from her edited digital model on October 21, 2014.

Scanning a porcelain Japanese hand grenade at the Virginia War Memorial.

Scanning a porcelain Japanese hand grenade at the Virginia War Memorial.

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Animation of the Day: World War II-Era Barbed Wire from Utah Beach Scanned at the Virginia War Memorial

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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Today’s animation is a fragment of barbed wire from Utah Beach, one of the code names for a section of the Normandy coast of France, invaded as part of D-Day, June 6, 1944. It is a fragment of the German defenses and was scanned at the Virginia War Memorial on October 20, 2014.  This fragment was donated to the Virginia War Memorial by Brian Alexander, a police officer. A small portion of the barbed wire was not captured by the 3D scanner, which is why there is a free-floating section. Digital Curation Specialist Lauren Volkers created this animation from her digital model on October 21, 2014.

Police officer Brian Alexander watches as the barded wire he donated to the Virginia War Memorial is 3D scanned.

Police officer Brian Alexander watches as the barded wire he donated to the Virginia War Memorial is 3D scanned.

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