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This poster may be of particular interest to:  Practicing and Applied Anthropologists     Students
Type: Poster
Poster Title: THE USE OF RAPID PROTOTYPING TECHNOLOGIES IN ANTHROPOLOGY
Author: ALICIA CANFIELD   
Date/Time: Sat., 8:00 AM-9:45 AM
Co-Author(s): ALICIA CANFIELD 
Abstract: This paper examines the benefits and disadvantages of using rapid prototyping technology in archaeology, forensic anthropology, and forensic facial reconstruction. Three ancient Native American skulls which exhibited cranial deformation, or reconfiguration, were used in a pilot study at Louisiana State University in an effort to determine how this new technology could be applied to skeletal remains too fragmentary for traditional facial reconstruction methods. Though the cortical bone on the skulls was very fragile and flaking occurred at the slightest touch, rapid prototyping allowed for the replication of the skulls in ABS plastic. These scale replicas were sturdy enough to undergo manual measurement and reconstruction. While the results of the study were promising, several complications arose which challenge the possibility of widespread use within the anthropological world.

Program Number: 4-0040
Session Title: APPROACHES TO NORTH AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Sat., 8:00 AM-9:45 AM
Organizer(s): ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM COMMITTEE (AAA) 
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