Hidden museum objects

Finnish museums currently hold a range of archaeological objects from the Middle East in storage that for decades already remain inaccessible to the public and academic community and hence are underused and -studied. These objects can be put to good use for educating people on the Middle East’s ancient history but also its more recent colonial development and the way Western countries have claimed ownership over Middle Eastern heritage. By using digital photogrammetry and sharp images produced by focus stacking, we created detailed, high-level 3D models, which serve both the needs of research and education.

Take a look on the simplified 3D objects in Sketchfab. The full resolution 3D models and the related metadata are available with a CC license (the license depends on the museum collection the object belongs to) at the research data storage service IDA.

Chosen 3D models are prepared for 3D printing. These models and the detailled 3D printing instructions (in Finnish) are available at the research data storage service IDA.