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 Virtual Anthropology Laboratory


The CIAS Virtual Anthropology Laboratory is equipped with powerful computing and data management equipment to support analyses of large datasets obtained with medical imaging technology (e.g., microcomputed tomography [µCT] and standard CT), 3D surface scanning, and photogrammetry. An automated surface scanning system is available for rendering highly accurate models of skeletal remains and archaeological materials with optional photographic textures. A large lightbox is available for standard photography and surface scanning. 

The laboratory supports numerous ongoing research projects covering a broad range of topics in the areas of paleoanthropology, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, dental anthropology, domestication, and human biological variation.

We work in close collaboration with other laboratories in CIAS, DCV, the University of Coimbra and the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra (C.H.U.C) as well as national and international imaging facilities. 

Co-directors: John Charles Willman and Dany Coutinho Nogueira

Available equipment

  • Desktop computer with dual monitors (Dell Precision 3660 Tower, Intel® Core™ i9-12900K Processor, 128 GB RAM, NVIDIA RTX A5000 24 GB Graphics card)
  • Desktop computer with monitor (Fujitsu Esprimo, Intel® Core™ i7-8700GPU Processor, 16 GB RAM)
  • Laptop (Intel Core i7-13850HX, 64 GB RAM, NVIDIA RTX 4000 Ada 12 GB Graphics card)
  • Expandable data storage (NAS DiskStation)
  • Transcan C Professional Desktop 3D Scanner
  • ASUDAS Dental Casts
  • Large photography lightbox