The Aucilla Research Institute (ARI) has begun a virtual museum of archeological and natural science artifacts from the North Florida area. For display in the museum, the ARI is creating digital models of significant archeological artifacts and other items of scientific interest from several large collections which have been donated to the Institute or of those found by researchers working with the Institute. The virtual collection along with descriptive information may be viewed online; or precise digital models of the items may be downloaded for study or for reproduction with 3-D printers. A description of the museum with details on navigating through the exhibits is provided below as well as a link to the museum itself.
At present, for demonstration and public comment purposes, only a few typical items have been loaded onto the site. But, as more items are inventoried, documented and scanned, the content of the virtual museum will gradually be increased.
This virtual museum has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation which has allowed the ARI has developed an artifact laser scanning lab for the 3-D scanning of artifacts.
ARI VIRTUAL MUSEUM STAFF:
Coordinator: George M. Cole, PE, PLS, PhD
Volunteer IT Consultant: Glen Hughes