3D IMAGING FOR MUSEUM ARTEFACTS: A PORTABLE TEST OBJECT FOR HERITAGE AND MUSEUM DOCUMENTATION OF SMALL OBJECTS
Keywords: 3D imaging, museum documentation, close range, laser scanning, cultural heritage, comparison, inspection
Abstract. 3D colour image data generated for the recording of small museum objects and archaeological finds are highly variable in quality and fitness for purpose. Whilst current technology is capable of extremely high quality outputs, there are currently no common standards or applicable guidelines in either the museum or engineering domain suited to scientific evaluation, understanding and tendering for 3D colour digital data.
This paper firstly explains the rationale towards and requirements for 3D digital documentation in museums. Secondly it describes the design process, development and use of a new portable test object suited to sensor evaluation and the provision of user acceptance metrics. The test object is specifically designed for museums and heritage institutions and includes known surface and geometric properties which support quantitative and comparative imaging on different systems. The development for a supporting protocol will allow object reference data to be included in the data processing workflow with specific reference to conservation and curation.