Replicas of unique artefacts help to bring medieval material culture closer to the general public
Digitization takes place using a contactless scanning method, and thus represents a safe and permanent way of archiving historical objects.
Long-term cooperation between the Department of Archaeology of the Faculty of Arts and the Regional Institute of Technology (RTI) of the UWB Faculty of Mechanical Engineering has led to the creation of top-quality copies of unique archaeological finds originating from the Manský House of Křivoklát Castle, which suffered a catastrophic fire in 1422.
"Our intention was to create copies of two ceramic cups with lids in the form of castle towers with battlements. However, in connection with the preparation of new exhibitions for the National Museum and Křivoklát State Castle, this plan grew into the creation of a comprehensive collection of copies of magnificent cups, stoves and weapons illustrating the highest social environment of medieval Bohemia," says Josef Hložek of the Department of Archaeology.
The RTI research centre uses digitization and 3D printing to produce copies of medieval artefacts. Digitization takes place using a contactless scanning method, and thus represents a safe and permanent way of archiving historical objects. Top-quality coordinated machines are used for scanning; processing takes place in strict climatic conditions. The data obtained is subsequently used in the creation of digital depositories or as a basis for the creation of duplicates using 3D printing characterized by high precision. The objects thus created have excellent mechanical and chemical resistance.
The newly created copies, the surfaces of which were treated with the contribution of the Department of Conservation and Restoration of the West Bohemian Museum in Pilsen, serve not only for exhibition purposes, but also help bring medieval material culture closer to the general public during expert lectures organized by the Department of Archaeology of the UWB Faculty of Arts and on other occasions. At the beginning of September, Pilsen archaeologists presented the copies at Science and Technology Day in Pilsen's Republic Square.
| Šárka Stará
16. 09. 2022