Tuesday, October 06, 2015

PXRF, infrared camera, 3D geomorphic scanning: Archaeology Day at SciPort Shreveport on Sat, Oct 17, 10 am to 2 pm

Caddo Magnet HS pottery teacher Curtis Bias

SciPort Shreveport presents International Archaeology Day on Sat, Oct 17, 10 am to 2 pm, says Ann Fumarolo.

Tad Britt, Chief of Archaeology and Collections with the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Natchitoches, La, will give technology demonstrations involving a PXRF – a hand-held x-ray machine used to identify the elemental composition of an artifact – and other technologies including an infrared camera and microscope, under which visitors can view sections of artifacts like stone tools and ceramics.

Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr., Stephen F. Austin University, will demonstrate 3D geomorphic scanning techniques involving ceramic Caddo artifacts like bowls, pots and bottles.

Sci-Port visitors are encouraged to bring artifacts from home for identification by archaeologist Jay Gray of Cultural Resources Analysts, Inc. Gray will analyze items such as arrowheads, kitchen tools, hardware and remains of goods left behind by pioneers.

Archaeology Day activities are free with regular Center admission.

Above: Curtis Bias pot in homage to Caddo design.

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