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Computer Aided Design



Sean Taylor, an archaeologist studying the Kolb Site, uses computer aided design (CAD) to map and document the location of pottery and other artifacts that have been recovered or are in the process of recovery. Archaeology is a destructive process in that once ground is broken for the sake of studying material culture, a dig site cannot be restored to its original state. Computers are another tool that help archaeologists achieve their goal in recreating what life was like hundreds or thousands of years ago. Most pottery artifacts are not found whole but in shards, or broken fragments. Computer aided design also helps create a virtual three-dimensional model of a complete pot using only shards as a reference.

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