Yesterday Bill and I continued to work in the apotheke looking at pottery. It was a pretty standard day, no unusual ceramic artifacts, no rats in the building. For a break, we decided today to take the Leica ScanStation C10 out to scan the basilica in EF2. The ScanStation was the result of a successful National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant that I participated on with colleagues from the Anthropology department. We spent 5 hours this morning moving the scanner from point to point to ensure that we covered the entire area of the basilica. I have to admit that the scanner is pretty boring to watch as it scans. Once we set it up, it took about 10 minutes to complete a 360 degree scan with photographs. Bill was disappointed that there were no beeps, or robotic voices, or even a “whirring” sound. It was a lot of standing around, following by breaking down the scanner setup and then moving it to another location and setting it up. We ended up taking 11 scans of the area, with no major screwups – which to be honest is usually par for us. I have to admit that this was my first long day out in the sun and it wiped me out. We have been spending our time in apothekes, which while not air-conditioned, are at least out of the sun and a little cooler.
The next goal is the processing of the data. This involves pulling it off the Leica and importing it into the Leica software – a program known as Cyclone. This actually went off without a hitch. I will post some images and scans tomorrow.