Памятник древнему тюркскому воину (каменная баба). Горный Алтай.Lori/Legion-Media
The first 3D museum has appeared in Russia 2,300 miles east of Moscow at the Artefakt Laboratory of Interdisciplinary Archaeological Research at Tomsk State University. Visitors from all over the world can now download and print museum exhibits in 3D.
While the current online exposition contains 10 exhibits, it will continue to expand. Along with each archeological item, the museum provides a detailed description and a map of the area where the artifact was found. The museum already displays scanned items from museums in Tomsk, Seversk and Salekhard.
For example, interested parties can print a 14-15th century BC stone sculpture called, “Beseeching.” It was found in the settlement Samus in Western Siberia. It features a buckle with three human figures from the 7th century BC and a Bronze Age dagger with a decorative pommel.
“Before we opened the museum, we placed the 3D artifact models in our open platform Sketchfab,” says Olga Zaitseva, the head of the laboratory. “People from Italy, Germany and other countries showed interest in our artifacts. There are a lot of people around the world that love ancient art.”
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