PhD in 3D Modelling in Archaeology
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I am currently working on a PhD between the Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University. My research involves creating affordable and portable methods for creating informative digital visualisations (photographs, 3D models, etc) of small, reflective, translucent objects. I currently work on amber, faience, and glass beads from Scottish archaeological sites, but the methods I develope coudl be used in any field that requires photographs or models of small, reflective, or translucent/transparent objects.

3D modelling is a fast-developing technique for nearly every field, with new models, discoveries, and technologies appearing regularly. At the moment, though, it is relatively impossible to create models of small, reflective, or translucent objects. Their size creates issues with properly capturing three-dimensional data. We also can't use more typical 3D modelling technologies like laser scanning or structured light scanning, because lasers and light react differently to reflective and translucent objects. The current software for these technologies can't process the data, and as a result, we can't use these techniques to create models.

But archaeological objects are only a small fraction of objects are small, reflective, translucent, or some combination of the three. Gemstones and other minerals fit several of those categories, as does any body of water. Medical visualisation often deals with small, reflective, translucent anatomy (e.g. eyes, teeth, etc) and engineering and other machinery also often contains small, reflective and possibly translucent or transparent pieces. Plants and certain wildlife also fit these categories. It would therefore be highly beneficial to a large number of fields to find a way of creating 3D models of these difficult objects, particularly affordable and portable methods.

Funding resources for archaeological PhD students is limited, particularly for international students studying in the UK. I will be applying to all funding schemes for which I am eligible, but they will not be enough to cover the costs of this research.

The funds generated through this campaign will directly fund my PhD research. First and foremost, they will be applied towards equipment costs and testing the methods I develop in the field. I plan to travel to various institutions across Scotland with a variety of available resources to test the true portability and affordability of the techniques. This testing will require certain funds for travel and maintainance as well as equipment to be used in the field. If possible, the funds will also be applied to conference and community presentations to dissemminate the information to a wider audience.

Please consider helping fund this research. Any donation amount helps, and all who contribute will certainly be kept informed of my progress through regular updates!

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