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Section 4. Case Study: Virtual Hampson Museum#

4.1 Project Background#

The Virtual Hampson Museum[1] showcases over 400 3D digital artifacts from the collections at the Hampson Archeological Museum State Park in Northeast Arkansas. Within the online museum, visitors can browse the 3D artifacts, read artifact descriptions and using the 3D viewer can manipulate and perform basic measurements on the objects directly within their browser interface using Adobe 3D PDF technology. If interested in additional analyses, users can download the high resolution artifact models and freely provided 3D software for more robust 3D analysis. Users also can view a series of 3D rendered images that show what the Native American village of Upper Nodena may have looked like. The Upper Nodena village was where a lot of the original artifacts were found. The Virtual Hampson museum project began in 2007 with the intent to digitally document and disseminate the amazing collection of Native American pottery vessels housed at Hampson Archeological Museum State Park. The Konica Minolta VIVID 9i laser scanner was used to scan the artifacts. The VIVID 9i also collects RGB color so all artifacts are documented in full color. Over 500 artifacts were scanned over a period of 10 weeks split between two summer field seasons. A team of 3-4 individuals processed the artifacts over a period of two years.

4.2 Description of Final Deliverables and Archival Preparation#

For each digital artifact, a high resolution, full color polygonal mesh was created and published in the OBJ format. Additional low resolution meshes (25000 triangles) were created and published in three standard formats: OBJ, VRML and PDF. A digital video was also created showcasing the 3D artifact from multiple directions. Additional digital images and descriptions are also provided. All of the datasets and information described here are available on the Virtual Hampson Museum website.

Virtual Hampson Museum website

Figure 15: The Virtual Hampson Museum website

For each artifact, the following datasets were selected for archival:

  • Original scans with Project and Scan Level Metadata
  • Registered dataset with Registration Metadata
  • PreMesh dataset with PreMesh Metadata
  • Mesh dataset with Mesh Metadata
  • Decimated mesh dataset with decimated mesh metadata

[1] http://hampsonmuseum.cast.uark.edu/browse.htm

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