Long ago when out of place symbols were found carved into rocks many an archaeologist would cut the entire inscription from the face of the rock (most extreme) or make a charcoal rubbing (least extreme) or they would grease up the rock face and then cover it with plaster of paris (moderately extreme) and make a mold. All of these were attempts to study the symbol and try to decode if the symbol was ancient and significant to history. Problem is, all these part methods have certain level of archaeological destruction to them.
Nowadays, yes one can take a photo and not long into the 20th century photographical documentation was standard, but one could still not ascertain the age or for full certainty the tool marks though mere photos of a symbol. Technology has now change that all. Last season on Curse of Oak Island you witnessed the “cracking of a mystery” and the “protecting of history” occur at the same time.
With a zero-invasive technology known as the Go!SCAN 3D™ you watched us fully investigate and protect this ancient symbol in the very same process. Through scanning and lifting this ancient image from the rock face, we are able to study the symbol in high def and in 3d. Look for our upcoming Archaeological White Paper on our discovery of the nature of the 8 Pointed Star in Nova Scotia and how the 3d scan technology will change the face of archaeological study.
The results are amazing. Now by passing around the data file other researchers can study the same data, but more importantly the scan proved something truly amazing. Since the image has now been studied in depth and from all angles scientist are now able to confirm the image was NOT pecked into the rock face with other rocks, but hammered into the rack face with what seems to be bronze era tools. Through looking at the high def 3d scan data experts are able to compare the “tool markings” of this symbol carved into super hard stone and compare it to known ancient symbols in the Levant and confirm the very same tools and techniques were used to manufacture each symbol, more than 4500 miles apart in ancient times.
What does this mean for the future of archaeology?
Through this new, non invasive way of both scientifically testing and forever protecting and archiving ancient symbols, we will now gain a better understanding of both how and when they were made.
We have included some great videos below for you to become familiar with this amazing new archaeological and investigative tool.
The episode in which the handheld 3D scanner Go!SCAN 3D appears is called Return to the Money Pit, after an aptly named manmade excavation discovered centuries ago on the island. Dug many times by several different teams of anthropologists, historians, and archeologists, the pit never gave away its potential secret, only letting in tantalizing clues as well as booby traps that ended every attempt in flooding.
Other interesting and puzzling ancient historical artifact discoveries were made on the island over the years, including the petroglyph the portable 3D scanner Go!SCAN 3D was used for, representing an 8-pointed star surrounded by a circle, with small crosses between each branch. Expert J. Hutton Pulitzer, brought in to assist in the hunt, explained in the episode that the symbol can be found throughout Ancient History in the Middle East, and is linked to the Holy Land. Another layer of mystery!
In the episode, Marty Lagina was impressed by the Creaform technology, remarking that Pulitzer “has the most interesting gizmos… What a great thing, to be able to scan an inscription and then turn it to the inverse, flip it around and manipulate it.”
Indeed, with its small size, incredible ease-of-use, and quick color results, the portable 3D scannerGo!SCAN 3D has proved to be the ideal researchers and archeologists tool, helping anyone working in the Heritage Preservation field. As shown in the episode, it can be carried right to the field and used virtually anywhere to obtain a real-time, accurate 3D model of numerous objects and artifacts.