Centuries old meets high tech

Archaeology is often associated with objects that are hundreds of years old—and maybe even older. But a new technique used by Carolina researchers is bringing the field firmly into the 21st century.

Carolina’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, is one of only a few university programs in the United States to use 3-D imaging to showcase artifacts in its collection. Its researchers and students are building a “virtual museum” of North Carolina archaeology that is scheduled to go live in 2017.

The virtual museum is being made possible with support from a C. Felix Harvey Award and the Kenan Creative Collaboratory.

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