Digital Cultural Heritage
HOW AND WHY DO WE PRODUCE THINGS?
Archaeological researchers illuminate how our mind is involved in the production processes behind ancient textile technology. They investigate spinning by use of a 3D method, which can capture all motions from our movements and reveal how craft traditions develop over time.
250 times per second
The method is called MoCap, which means motion capture, and it records the movement of objects or people in 3D. It uses a multiple camera setup only working in the infrared spectrum on markers placed on the tools. In our first tests, movements are sampled c. 250 times per second with very high precision. Read more.
Spindles from Viking Age
"We have chosen to study this complex textile activity on the basis of spindles copied from Viking Age originals. Spindles were used for many purposes, including the production of sails for the ships. To produce yarn for a large sail one would need to spin more than 200.000 meters of yarn. This would take more than 4000 hours to spin! ... Spinning of yarn is a true test of your mind and body.
Therefore we use MoCap to record the movements during the spinning to get a better understanding of how the movements affect the result – the spun thread. A first test has already been made and more will be done in 2017."
This is a collaborative project between Eva Andersson Strand (KU), Stefan Lindgren and Carolina Larsson, Lund University Humanities Lab, Sweden.