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Getting to grips with 3D printed bones: using 3D models as ‘diagrams’ to improve accessibility of palaeopathological data

Getting to grips with 3D printed bones: using 3D models as ‘diagrams’ to improve accessibility of palaeopathological data
Getting to grips with 3D printed bones: using 3D models as ‘diagrams’ to improve accessibility of palaeopathological data
This short report details a sub-project of ‘Stories through Skeletons’ an interdisciplinary venture undertaken by the Osteoarchaeology and Bioengineering departments at the University of Southampton. As part of this project, the team has been exploring the potential of using 3D printing technology to improve accessibility of palaeopathological data to a wider audience, through the production of tactile aids. To test this idea, models were created of Langer type mesomelic dwarfism exhibited in a skeleton from the Romano-British cemetery site of Alington Avenue, Dorset, UK. The 3D models were used as props during osteoarchaeology conference presentations and have proved useful to visually impaired and non-disabled audiences alike.
Methods used to create the 3D models and the feedback received from the preliminary showing of the models at conferences are outlined, including the development of the idea of the 3D models as ‘diagrams’. This highlights the creation of accessibility tools as another potential use of 3D technology in the field of osteoarchaeology and in so doing, adds the issue of accessibility to the ethical debates surrounding the use of 3D modelling technology in physical anthropology more broadly.
3D modelling, haptic models, palaeopathology, accessibility, visual impairment, bioarchaeology
0965-9315
Wright, Stephanie, Susanne Evelyn
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Dickinson, Alexander
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Zakrzewski, Sonia
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Wright, Stephanie, Susanne Evelyn
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Dickinson, Alexander
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Zakrzewski, Sonia
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Wright, Stephanie, Susanne Evelyn, Dickinson, Alexander and Zakrzewski, Sonia (2020) Getting to grips with 3D printed bones: using 3D models as ‘diagrams’ to improve accessibility of palaeopathological data. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology, 29 (1). (doi:10.14324/111.2041-9015.012).

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This short report details a sub-project of ‘Stories through Skeletons’ an interdisciplinary venture undertaken by the Osteoarchaeology and Bioengineering departments at the University of Southampton. As part of this project, the team has been exploring the potential of using 3D printing technology to improve accessibility of palaeopathological data to a wider audience, through the production of tactile aids. To test this idea, models were created of Langer type mesomelic dwarfism exhibited in a skeleton from the Romano-British cemetery site of Alington Avenue, Dorset, UK. The 3D models were used as props during osteoarchaeology conference presentations and have proved useful to visually impaired and non-disabled audiences alike.
Methods used to create the 3D models and the feedback received from the preliminary showing of the models at conferences are outlined, including the development of the idea of the 3D models as ‘diagrams’. This highlights the creation of accessibility tools as another potential use of 3D technology in the field of osteoarchaeology and in so doing, adds the issue of accessibility to the ethical debates surrounding the use of 3D modelling technology in physical anthropology more broadly.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 6 March 2020
Keywords: 3D modelling, haptic models, palaeopathology, accessibility, visual impairment, bioarchaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 438888
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/438888
ISSN: 0965-9315
PURE UUID: 5ce95024-72bb-4c01-8932-16c49fbbbe2d
ORCID for Alexander Dickinson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9647-1944
ORCID for Sonia Zakrzewski: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1796-065X

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Date deposited: 26 Mar 2020 17:30
Last modified: 13 Dec 2021 02:58

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Author: Stephanie, Susanne Evelyn Wright

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