Vietnam to start digitising artifacts

Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is embarking on a project to digitise artifacts for preservation. The article isn’t specific on the details, but I suppose they’ll be using a 3-D scanner to record the information.

National relics to be digitized
Vietnam Net Bridge, 06 April 2010

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism is choosing outstanding relics and antiques to digitize, including the Dong Son bronze drums, ancient statues, Co Loa ancient citadel and Chua Thay pagoda.

The ministry will use three dimension (3D) technologies and many experts have been sent to Japan to learn this modern and complicated technique.

The cost to digitize a relic is estimated at around $100,000, which is not expensive, commented one 3D technician. They do worry, however, about what should be included as many artifacts have disappeared or changed.

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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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