A Virtual Museum
The University of Arkansas’ Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies has had a round of publicity lately. Previous blog posts by Chris Branam shared some behind-the-scenes tidbits of what researchers from CAST did during the production of Time Scanners, a three-part series that aired on PBS last month.
CAST researchers were time scanners long before the series by that name. They scanned Native American artifacts for an Arkansas museum years ago.
It is no Great Pyramids, but Hampson Archaeological State Park in Wilson, Ark. (half way between Memphis and Blytheville in the northeast part of the state) teamed up with CAST to create the Virtual Hampson Museum. Hundreds of samples from the museum were scanned and posted online for those who cannot make the trip. From your computer chair you can download artifacts and handle them with your mouse without ever accidentally breaking anything.