3D Imaging and Analysis Lab

The 3D Imaging and Analysis Laboratory is used for collecting and analyzing high-resolution 3D data to describe and interpret archaeological material.  The primary focus of research in this lab is on the 3D scanning and analysis of feeding traces found on the surfaces of fossil bones.

Dr. Michael Pante
Director

General Services Building
349

Dr. Connie Fellmann
Researcher

Equipment & Software

  • Nanovea ST 400 confocal profilometer equipped with 3 mm and 20 mm optical pens.
  • Sensofar S Neox 3D optical profilometer equipped with 5x, 10x, 20x, and 50x objectives
  • Artec Eva 3D scanner
  • Artec Space spider 3D scanner
  • Next-engine 3-D scanner
  • Digital Surf Mountains map 3-D analysis, imaging and surface metrology software

Collections

  • Dr. Salvatore Capaldo’s actualistic collection of human and carnivore modified bone collected through experimental and naturalistic observation in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro ecosystems of Tanzania.
  • Trevor Keevil’s (MA '18) experimental collection of cut marked bones
  • Matthew Muttart’s (MA '17) experimental collection of carnivore tooth marked bones
  • Graduate Student Emily Orlikoff’s collection of trampled bone
  • Associate Professor and Lab Director Michael Pante’s collection of hammerstone broken bones

Publications

  • Pante, M.C., Muttart, M., Keevil, T., Blumenschine, R.J., Njau, J.K., Merritt, S.M. (2017). A new high-resolution 3D quantitative method for identifying bone surface modifications with implications for the Early Stone Age archaeological record. Journal of Human Evolution 102, 1-11. (Impact factor 4.5)
  • Braun, D., Pante, M.C., Acher, W. (2016). Cut marks on bone surfaces: Influences on variation in the form of traces of ancient behavior. Royal Societies Interface focus 6(2), 2016.0006. (Impact factor 2.6)
  • Gümrükçü, M., Pante, M. (2018). Assessing the Effects of Fluvial Abrasion on Bone Surface Modifications Using High-Resolution 3D Scanning.  Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 21, 208-221. (Impact factor 1.2)

Students Working in the 3D Imaging and Analysis Lab

Fall 2018

Emily Orlikoff
Graduate Student
Anthropology

April Tolley
Graduate Student
Anthropology

Terry Mwanache
Graduate Student
Anthropology

Robert Kaplan
Graduate Student
Anthropology

Ipyana Mwakyoma
Graduate Student
Anthropology

Alex Hajdu
Graduate Student
Anthropology

Alumni Thesis Defense

Trevor Keevil
Alumnus
Master of Arts in Anthropology

Anthropology student cutting into the dirt

The Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University proudly presents the M.A. Thesis Defense of Trevor Keevil. His thesis is titled, "Inferrring Early Stone Age tool technology and raw material from cut mark micromorphology using high-resolution 3-D scanning with applications to Middle Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania.” Keevil presented his project on Monday, March 26, 2018.

Matthew Muttart
Alumnus
Master of Arts in Anthropology

Anthropology student smiling while working in the field

The Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University proudly presents the M.A. Thesis Defense of Matthew Muttart. His thesis is titled, "Taxonomic distinctions in the 3D micromorphology of tooth marks with application to feeding traces from Middle Bed II, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania." Muttart presented his project on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Merve Gumrukcu
Alumna
Master of Arts in Anthropology

Anthropology student sitting on a sign for photo

The Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University proudly presents the M.A. Thesis Defense of Merve Gumrukcu.  Her thesis is titled, "Assessing the effects of fluvial abrasion on bone surface modifications using high-resolution 3-D scanning."  Gumrukcu presented her project on Thursday, February 23, 2017.