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Irkutsk State Technical University news article on acquisition of 3D scanner

March 20, 2012

The Irkutsk State Technical University (ISTU) recently ran a news article on the acquisition of a 3D scanner donated by BHAP to their newly created archaeology laboratory. This piece of equipment is unique in Siberia and will enable scientists in Irkutsk to render precise images of artifacts and to share these images with colleagues worldwide. The 3D scanner is housed at ISTU in their newly created laboratory. Completion of the laboratory is planned for mid-2013 with more equipment, such as a digital microscope, still to be added.

The article states that Dr. Robert Losey, University of Alberta (UofA), has brought the high-tech equipment to ISTU in order to better facilitate joint research and academic publications between scholars and students at both universities, as well as other scholars worldwide. Dr. Losey has been doing zooarchaeological research on ancient dogs and wolves in Siberia for the past 8 years, and plans to continue working with ISTU scholars to further this research.

Joint research between ISTU and UofA began in 2007 under the Baikal Archaeology Project directed by Dr. Andrzej Weber, University of Alberta. Middle Holocene hunter-gatherers and fishers of the Cis-Baikal region were the main focus of research. Since 2011 the project, now known as Baikal-Hokkaido Archaeology Project, expanded its research area into the Russian Far East and Japan, with plans to compare the two regions.

News article here.

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