Artifact Revealed With X-Ray Scan | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 93 Issue 33 | pp. 16-17 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 24, 2015

Artifact Revealed With X-Ray Scan

Department: Business
Keywords: archeology, instrumentation, microCT scan

Archaeologists digging at a churchyard dating to 1608 in Jamestown, Va., one of the first English settlements in the Americas, recently discovered a silver box buried along with one of the colony’s leaders. Micro Photonics, a distributor of Bruker’s X-ray micro-computed-tomography instruments, used the SkyScan 1173 to see inside the box and identify bone fragments and a container for holy water. Identifying the contents without damaging the fragile artifact allowed historians to determine the silver box was a reliquary, suggesting that one of the Anglican colony’s founders may have secretly been a Catholic.

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Micro-CT scan of the 2- by 5-inch reliquary found in Jamestown, Va.
Credit: Micro Photonics
Microcomputed tomography scan of a 2x5 inch silver box found in a Jamestown, Va. grave yard.
 
Micro-CT scan of the 2- by 5-inch reliquary found in Jamestown, Va.
Credit: Micro Photonics
 
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