Robinson Terminal South Update: Ship Documentation (part 2)

Researchers from Texas A&M University’s Conservation Research Lab (CRL) are continuing a project to digitally reconstruct and model the remnants of the three ships excavated on the Robinson Terminal Site, in coordination with a team of City archaeologists and volunteers.

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Ship Documentation (part 2)

October 2019

scanning_timber_2Our ship documentation team had another busy two weeks! Between September 23 and October 4, City archaeologists, volunteers, and researchers from Texas A&M University’s Conservation Research Lab (CRL) scanned nearly 200 timbers from Ship #2 (Feature 155) found at the Robinson Terminal South Site (44AX235).  Using two coordinate measuring devices with laser line probe attachments, researchers scanned each timber multiple times and Ship #2 is now scanned in its entirety. CRL staff are now back in College Station processing the data and report that the scans look great. They are stitching these scans together to create a point cloud of each timber and processing these into a digital mesh model. Once all the individual timbers are digitally modeled, CRL will use field records to create a digital model of the archaeologically recovered remnant. We’re excited to see the results!

scanning_timber_4The team also cleaned and organized approximately 380 timbers from the largest vessel remnant recovered at the site, Ship #3 (Feature 159). We continued cleaning iron concretions and cutting wooden and metal fasteners to prepare the timbers for scanning, except this time the iron drift pins holding the keel to the frames and keelson were enormous. Due to the dedicated efforts of our amazing volunteers, we’re going into the November work week on target!  

scanning_timber_3Stay tuned for regular updates on our progress! If you’re interested in helping, please visit our Volunteer page and submit an application.