The lab is developing new tools and techniques for the support of marine and terrestrial archeology. The lab has built miniature stereoscopic 3d imaging and mosaicking systems for detailed mapping of specific sites of interest. The stereoscopic imaging systems are specially calibrated to support quantitative 3D modeling and in situ measurement. These novel systems can collect 3D stereoscopic image survey data at a fraction of the time of previous systems and at much higher resolutions.
A small lightweight penetration ROV has been successfully tested with a small HDTV Stereoscopic 3D imaging system. The system was small enough to conduct a 3D optical survey of the interior of a submerged Air Force B-29 Aircraft and has conducted preliminary surveys of the interior of the U.S.S Arizona and HMHS Britannic. These technologies offer many opportunities to conduct quantitative optical surveys not only on the exterior of wreck sites but also the interiors.
Current collaborative marine archeology programs include:
- National Park Service
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- University of the Yucatan Mexico
- Wisconsin State Marine Archeology Group