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2022 Abstracts

Testing 3D Modelling Methods on Greenstone Axes

Presenter: Elisabeth Hyde
Authors: Elisabeth Hyde
Faculty Advisor: James Allison
Institution: Brigham Young University

Three-dimensional modeling is an invaluable way to store and display artifact information digitally. There are multiple ways to create digital models and the question over which method is more efficient is a debated topic within the archaeological community. This project takes the two most common methods, photogrammetry and laser scanning, and compares them to see which method is more effective at creating 3D-models by creating models of the Barlow greenstone axe collection at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures. Axes can be difficult to scan due to their sharp edges and their angularity. This project tries to establish the method best used for creating models of these difficult objects.