Technology developed by Hungarian company saves the Seuso treasure for eternity

Budapest, 20th December 2017. - ­ Each currently known piece of the Seuso treasure, regained by the Hungarian State and currently presented all around the country on a travelling exhibition, has been measured with digital technology by the Hungarian company Mensor 3D. Digitalization allows anyone to admire the hoard using augmented reality, even on the screen of a smartphone.

Technology developed by Hungarian company saves the Seuso treasure for eternity

The Seuso treasure is considered as the largest and most valuable hoard of findings from the Late Roman period, consisting of silver metalwork masterpieces, the exploration, preservation and documentation of which at an international level is a priority task of the Seuso Research Program launched in 2014. The experts at the affiliate of 4iG Plc. have joined this project and performed the digitalization of the objects in several instalments ­ together with the silver quadripus found at Kőszárhegy that also used to belong to the treasure -­ in a collaboration with the researchers of the Hungarian National Museum. The goal of this effort was to measure and document the treasure in its current state using cutting-edge imaging technologies and make it available for inspection for researchers and viewing for the public in a virtual form. During the process, the pieces of the treasure were digitalized with a technique called 3D object scanning, resulting in 3D models that reveal the silverwork in its utmost details.

Technology developed by Hungarian company saves the Seuso treasure for eternity

Treasure in extreme magnification

Over 1,000 images were made of each object in the process, thus researchers became able to perform various measurements and reveal master marks without any damage or other impact on the actual objects. The models created by 3D scanning can show details that would otherwise remain undetected for the naked eye, allowing experts to draw conclusions on how these objects were made or what tools were used during their making.

The greatest advantage of this method is that makes it possible to study the hoard without the need to transport or move the objects. Thanks for the 3D technology developed by Mensor 3D, any piece of the Seuso treasure can now be examined at any time and for any time without manual handling or transportation. The 3D models produced during the process are pixel-rich and thus guarantee that future computers with an immensely greater performance than the current ones shall give an even more detailed image of the pieces of the treasure.

Technology developed by Hungarian company saves the Seuso treasure for eternity

The silver treasure is now available for anyone for admiration

One of the tasks embraced by the project was to provide access for the interested public to as much information as possible about the Seuso treasure at the planned permanent exhibition of the Hungarian National Museum. By performing the documentation, Mensor 3D, the affiliate of 4iG, achieved that the objects can be placed in any virtual space where they would behave the same way as they were there for real. The 3D models react to light and their surfaces produce reflections exactly as they would in reality, offering a completely novel and special experience for viewers.

Besides recording the current state of objects, it is also possible to demonstrate how the pieces of the Seuso treasure worked or behaved during use. The technology allows the virtual restoration of the gold coating on worn surfaces and the removal of scratches and damage – which means that the objects can be shown as shiny as new. Other (the umpteenth) great opportunities made possible by 3D scanning apart from object reconstruction are, for example, the modelling of missing parts, virtually laying out the surface of cylindrical objects, or animating the scenes depicted on the objects.