Archeologic sites are often damaged by weather and disruptions caused by subsequent populations, leaving small bone fragments to tell the story of their inhabitants. Skeletal remains at Jamestown are being scanned by Martin D. Levin, DMD, and Barry Pass, DDS, PhD, at the Jamestown Rediscovery lab with a Carestream Dental CS 3600 unit. The resulting scan files may lead to computer-aided reconstruction of the specimens in association with D. Joshua Cohen, MD, and his team at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University.

“This technology may provide an opportunity to image skeletal remains at archeological sites where small bone fragments are excavated,” Dr. Levin said.

Further information on this project is available at the Carestream Dental Media Room and Virginia Commonwealth University News.