Computed tomography (CT) services can yield valuable insights for archaeological research, revealing internal features of fragile specimens and cultural artifacts in great detail without damaging them
As a specialized nondestructive testing lab, we obtain precise data from a range of organic and inorganic specimens for research and museum applications. With nondestructive and non-contact inspection systems, we ensure artifacts are carefully scanned in a consistent environment, preserving their original condition.
Our NDT lab has the greatest diversity of industrial computed tomography systems in North America, including an exclusive high-energy CT system for inspection of larger artifacts up to 44.5” in diameter by 63” inches in height. We also have a full suite of radiographic testing and external 3D scanning capabilities for fulfilling a variety of requirements. Our inspection process is thorough and customized for client needs, providing accurate and unbiased data for many applications.
Artifact Inspection with Advanced Nondestructive Testing
- Nondestructive Inspection of Artifacts
The adaptability of CT lends itself to detailed inspection of a range of artifacts and other inorganic samples. The x-ray technology allows for non-contact internal inspection and virtual sectioning of artifacts without disturbing or damaging specimens. As such, the method can reveal previously unknown details to aid with archaeological research. CT can even virtually remove surrounding material like soil or gypsum from buried archaeological artifacts like coins, metal objects, tools, textiles, clay vessels, and ancient remains.
- Museums & Natural History
CT and 3D scanning are useful techniques for natural history, providing high resolution imaging of artifacts made from a range of materials, from metals and ceramics to porcelain and glass. These advanced technologies aid in the reconstruction of museum artifacts through reverse engineering, obtaining the required surface data to 3D print detailed replicas. Museums can use this data to create a digital archive and for showcasing reproductions of fragile or unique artifacts, improving interactivity during exhibitions.
- Advanced Imaging of Fossils
For studying fossils and organic remains, industrial CT yields valuable insights for archaeology by obtaining detailed imaging of internal features that were once inaccessible. Fossils can be virtually sliced with CT, generating critical data of features like bone distribution, skeletal and dental structures, and other anatomical features. Actual/nominal comparisons are also available with CT. For example, surface data from one specimen can be superimposed on another to identify subtle differences in morphology.