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University's Leica ScanStation C10 aids important Canadian archaeological discovery

CTV News Winnipeg, September 10, 2014
In 1845, the Franklin Expedition's two ships disappeared in Canadian arctic. All crew were lost. The Expedition was seeking the Northwest Passage. For over 150 years the ships and their crew have been sought, spurring six major expeditions by Parks Canada since 2008 alone. On September 1, 2014, archaeologists found two artifacts from the ships on Hat Island in Nunavut. Researchers mapped the artifacts and their surrounding topography with a Leica ScanStation C10. The University of Manitoba's Archaeology Department owns the HDS scanner, and the University of Waterloo's Archaeology Department operated it. The researchers augmented the topographic laser scan data with ice flow maps. This allowed them to pinpoint probable underwater locations to send their ROVs to in search of the shipwrecks. On September 7th, researchers identified the location of one of the two Franklin shipwrecks. The remains lay submerged in 11m of water just off the coast of the Hat Island. The versatility of the C10 provided archaeologists with 3D data from long range topography down to artifact details. All to the benefit of a major, and now historic, archaeological expedition.

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