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Preserving Scandinavian History Through the Power of 3D Scanning

The island of Bornholm is a small Danish island located off the south coast of Sweden in the Baltic Sea. Though small, this island is enormously valuable in Scandinavian history. Bornholm is home to a large variety of ancient runestones, incredible historic relics in all shapes and sizes. Together with the Swedish National Heritage Board, Artec 3D resellers, Scan 3D innovations, embarked on an amazing journey to capture these ancient runestones with 3D scanning. 

The runestones were captured in high detail using Artec’s two most widely used 3D scanners. First, the stones were scanned with the lightweight Eva, to get the overall dimensions and shape of the stones. Then, Space Spider was used to capture the intricate carving details in high resolution. Equipped with the portable battery pack, the scanning experts from Scan 3D innovations were able to capture the runestones directly onsite, both indoors and outdoors, and thanks to powerful Artec Studio scanning software, the results were visible in real time and the 3D models were ready in no time.

Laila Kitzler Ahfedt, from the Swedish National Heritage Board, initiated and oversaw the project along with the team from Scan 3D innovations.  According to Laila, rune carvers were the first native writers of Scandinavia, and having a digital replica of the stones is a great way to study their carving techniques and traditions. This will also make the process of identifying the individual carvers and linking different stones to them much faster and easier.

The project was a great success, despite the changeable weather conditions and the very large size of some of the stones (over 2m tall!). The smart combination of Artec Eva and Space Spider along with the Artec Studio software proved to be a very effective way of digitizing these historic runestones and preserving Scandinavia’s heritage for centuries to come.

Click here to watch a video and learn more about this exciting project.  Click here to learn more about Artec 3D products and click here to speak with an expert at The SolidExperts to find out how these products can help you make your mark on history. 

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