Cetamura Redux: International Archaeology Day at MoFA
At a conference on new technology hosted by Sponsored Research, Dr. Nancy de Grummond of the Department of Classics encountered Windham Graves, Research Assistant and MMAP Project Leader of the Facility for Arts Research. Their subsequent collaboration resulted in 3-D printing utilizing profile-drawing reconstructions of ancient pottery. So successful were the prototype vessels, that Dr. de Grummond, her students, and the FAR staff printed and polished an entire exhibition that is currently at MoFA—Printing Ancient Pottery in 3-D: Etruscan Ceramics from Cetamura del Chianti.
Due to its sheer size, a huge storage container (a dolium) required something more than 3-D printing: that fabrication challenge was undertaken by the FAR team and completed by Windham Graves and Max Gross.
On International Archaeology Day in October, Dr. de Grummond’s exhibition took advantage of another aspect of 3-D printing: it can be picked up, handled, examined. “Please do touch” is not an instruction normally seen in a museum. Dr. Sandra Lewis, Professor and Coordinator, Visual Disabilities Program of Florida State University, and her students along with Dr. de Grummond’s students assisted young visitors with educational exercises including the re-assembly of a smashed flower pot, analogous to the reconstruction of ceramics from fragments at an archaeological site.
Prepared by Dr. Nancy de Grummond and Windham Graves. There will be available braille labels and touch tours of the exhibition. This exhibition will run from October 16th through November 15th. The MoFA is open Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sat & Sun 1:00-4:00pm. Admission is FREE and open to the public!