Modern technology enhances artifacts

Museum exhibit includes 3-D images of objects

Date November 1, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Publication The Santa Fe New Mexican

Categories Local News & Sports

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Virtual images of an earring from the 1600s or 1700s and a 7,000-year-old projectile point are among the exhibits in a show opening at the Palace of the Governors later this month.

The state Conservation Lab recently used a laser scanner from a Los Alamos firm to make the three-dimensional images of the items.

"This way, these (small artifacts) can be made larger and they can be rotated so people can see them" on a computer screen, said Mark MacKenzie, director of conservation and chief conservator for the eight-person lab located in the basement of the Museum of International Folk Art.

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