We've had our laser scanner and metrology arm up and running on the hoard for the first time this week. Robert Greenbank from Faro came over to commision the equipment. The main moving arm is used to apply a tiny sensor to the surface of the hoard. Doing this records each coin's size and position in the hoard to 50 microns, about a twentieth of a millimeter. Doing this for each coin will allow a full three dimensional computer model of the hoard to be built up where each coin's position is linked to all the information we then find out about it, type, metallurgy, images, weight etc. The arm is also fitted with a laser scanner which we will use for an initial surface scan and then to record more complex objects, such as gold jewellery we find inside the hoard body.
We're also interviewing for the two assistant posts next week so we should soon be up and running with the proper "excavation" work. We had a great response applying for this post and I only wish we could have employed more people as almost all of the applicants seemed to be good enough! We intend to set up a more formal volunteer/public access programme as the project develops so hopefully all those who applied unsuccessfully for this post will be able to be involved in some way in the future.