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CT scanning in archaeology

Hughes, Stephen W. (2011) CT scanning in archaeology. In Saba, Luca (Ed.) Computed tomography - specialist applications. INTECH.

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Abstract

In this chapter we will review the use of x-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning in the field of archaeology. The story will be told in roughly chronological order, starting with the first reported use of a CT scanner in the field of archaeology and then look at some some possibilities for the future. Since the introduction of the x-ray CT scanner in the 1970’s the quality of the images has steadily improved enabling the role of the CT scanner to expand into the field of archaeology. In the context of this chapter, archaeology will be deemed to include the study of ancient human remains and artefacts but exclude remains from pre-history, which normally comes under the heading of palaeontology. (It would perhaps be appropriate to note that CT scanners have been successfully applied in the study of fossils). CT scans have mostly been used to study mummies but have also been used to examine other archaeological artefacts such as clay tablets, scrolls, pottery, bronze statues and swords.

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ID Code: 49568
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: computed tomography, CT, scanning, archaeology, Egypt, mummies, 3D
ISBN: 978-953-307-723-9
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > ARCHAEOLOGY (210100) > Archaeological Science (210102)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 INTECH
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2012 17:07
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2012 17:07

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