Capitoline Project Publication

3D model of a Black Gloss bowl (Capitoline Museums, Antiquarium Comunale, Inv. no. 8627) created with GOM scanner (right, with p

3D model of a Black Gloss bowl (Capitoline Museums, Antiquarium Comunale, Inv. no. 8627) created with GOM scanner (right, with pink shading for visibility; left, with color texture)

Spring 2017

Prof. Marcello Mogetta announced the publication of the first digital collection created under the aegis of the Hidden Treasures of Rome (HTR) initiative at MU. He is the co-director of the Capturing the Life Cycle of Ceramics in Rome (CALC-Rome) project, along with Laura Banducci of Carleton University and Rachel Opitz at the University of South Florida.  The team, including Johanna Boyer (doctoral candidate, Roman archaeology) completed material analyses on a group of the Black Gloss vessels that were on loan to MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology from the Capitoline Museums in Rome in 2014-2016.

 While work is ongoing, the results of the initial RTI imaging, 3D scanning, and of the formal analyses are now archived in a digital repository; thanks to a partnership with University of South Florida Library’s Academic Resources and Digital Scholarship Services, this material is now available at http://digital.lib.usf.edu/l/htr. Basic descriptive data of the vessels is accessible to all, and interested persons may apply to the USF Library for permission to view the complete collection (to register as a USF Library user, click on the login button on the top right and follow the instructions).

 The CALC-Rome project provides a template to be adopted for similar projects at other institutions that can make data on historical objects available to interested researchers and the general public, and for international exchange and collaboration in support of the application of advanced technologies to collections of high cultural heritage significance.