The ANU Classics Museum contains many ancient artefacts from Greece and Rome. Photo by Stuart Hay.

The ANU Classics Museum contains many ancient artefacts from Greece and Rome. Photo by Stuart Hay.

Scanning the past with technology of the future

Bringing the ancient items of the ANU Classics Museum to life has become a passion for RICKY VUKOVIC, as PARIS LORD explains.

The Canberra-based creative designer had been experimenting with 3D scanning technologies, along with augmented and virtual reality technologies, when he approached Classics Museum curator Elizabeth Minchin to expand his work.

Michin accepted and Vukovic set to work scanning a range of the Museum's pieces.

"For some of these objects, they are 2,000 years old, but they are so well polished that fine gloves feel slippery," he says.

"It was quite tricky. I tried not to read the description until I put the object down. I know it's old, I know it costs more than my house, probably."

Minchin is happy with the results.

"Any way in which we can bring the items in the collection to the notice of a much wider public seems like a very good idea," Minchin says.

View some of the scans by visiting bit.ly/classicsmuseum and listen to the ANU Reporter Soundcloud link above for full interviews with Vukovic and Minchin.