Collaborating with colleagues in the United States, for example, Hoppa helped turn two-dimensional CT scans of Egyptian mummies into 3-D skull models. Forensic artists then used the models to reconstruct the facial features of the Akhmim people, who lived around 300 BC.
BDIAL has produced 3-D replicas of bones from preserved Iron Age bog bodies from Germany, artifacts from Manitoba archaeological sites and bones from a former Manitoba Mennonite village. “There is huge value in our archaeological heritage,” says Hoppa. “We want to preserve that information in different ways to present it to the broad public.”