Thai sites to be 3D scanned

Archaeological sites in Thailand will soon be scanned with a 3D laser scanner, starting with Wat Chai Wattanaram temple in Ayutthaya.

Buddhist temple - Ayutthaya, Thailand

US sending 3-D scanners to archaeological sites, starting with Chai Wattanaram temple in Ayutthaya
National News Bureau of Thailand, 21 May 2014

Mr. Anek Sihamat, Director General of the Fine Arts Department, said in a workshop that the United States has sent experts to help with archaeological site preservation, as well as a 3-D laser scanner in order to gather the most accurate data about archaeological sites.

Ayutthaya’s Chai Wattanaram temple will be the first site where this equipment will be used to evaluate the area, structure, height and design. Archaeologists from all over the country will be called in to study how this equipment works so 3-D scanners can be used to collect data throughout the country.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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