Michael Scafuri

Archaeologist


Email: scafuri@clemson.edu

Office: 843-730-5087

Education:
M.A., Anthropology, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University, 2002
B.A., Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, May 1991

Responsibilities:
Michael Scafuri has over twenty years’ experience in archaeological survey and excavation around the world, including both terrestrial and underwater projects. His underwater experience ranges from work on the 16th century Emanuel Point shipwreck in Pensacola, Florida in 1994 to the 10th century Byzantine shipwreck near Bozburun, Turkey from 1995 through 1999. His work on the Byzantine project also marked the beginning of his focus on computer graphics, site mapping, and the digital integration of archaeological data. Scafuri joined the H.L. Hunley project in August of 2000 as an archaeologist at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center and has been actively involved in the raising, excavation, and analysis of the H.L Hunley submarine. He is a specialist in computer applications to archaeology and cultural heritage, and has spearheaded the 3D scanning, documentation, and digital modeling of the H.L. Hunley, its artifact assemblage, and the remains of the crew. Since becoming a part of the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI), Scafuri has continued working to develop the WLCC’s capabilities in the fields of 3D scanning, digital modeling, and visualization for heritage and non-heritage projects alike.

Research interest:
3D documentation and modeling, visualization of archaeological data, digital reconstruction and site plan development, Inspection and comparative analysis of 3D models.

Publications:
Rennison, B, Scafuri, M, Jacobsen, M – 3D to 2D to 3D. The Reconstruction of the H.L Hunley’s Forward Crew Compartment. Recent Developments in Ship Reconstruction. Paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s (SHA) 47th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Quebec, Canada, January 8-12 2014. Abstract p. 296 in SHA 2014 Questions that Count: A critical evaluation of historical archaeology in the 21st Century.

Scafuri, M, Jacobsen, M, Rennison, B – The H.L. Hunley Weapon System: Using 3D modeling to replicate the first submarine attack. Paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s (SHA) 47th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Quebec, Canada, January 8-12 2014. Abstract p. 296 in SHA 2014 Questions that Count: A critical evaluation of historical archaeology in the 21st Century.

Cretté, S., N. González, B. Rennison, M. Scafuri, P. Mardikian, M. Drews, M. Carrier, “Conserving Waterlogged Archeological Corks Using Supercritical CO2 and Monitoring their Shrinkage Using Structured-Light 3D Scanning.” WOAM 2010.

Rivera, J., M. Jacobsen, P. de Vivies, M. Scafuri, “Excavating highly degraded waterlogged textiles co-mingled with human remains: a case study from the Hunley Project.” WOAM 2010.

Scafuri, M., M. Jacobsen, B. Rennison, “Scanning in the Rain: A study of some of the unique challenges of employing a structured-light scanning system in the archaeological recording of maritime artifacts.” Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Williamsburg, Virginia , March 22-26.

Jacobsen, M, M. Scafuri, B. Rennison, and P. Mardikian. “Using Structured-Light Scanning Technology for Artifact Assessment, Analysis, and Modeling on the H.L. Hunley Project.” Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Williamsburg, VA, March 22-26.

Rennison, B., M. Jacobsen, M. Scafuri, “The Alabama Yardstick - Three Dimensional Data Capture Techniques and Best Practice.” Paper presented at the 37th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Williamsburg, VA, March 22-26.

Scafuri, M. “3D Documentation in Color: White-light scanning and surface mapping on the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley.” Paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s (SHA) 42nd Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Toronto, Ontario , January 7-11. Abstract p. 302 in SHA 2009 The Ties that Divide: Trade , Conflict & Borders, Toronto.

Scafuri, M. “Surface Topography and Ship Hulls: The use of white-light scanning technology to capture detailed archaeological data from the hull of the American Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley.” Paper presented at the 36th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology(CAA), Budapest, Hungary, April 2-6. Abstract p. 128 in On the Road to Reconstructing the Past, Archaeolingua Foundation, Budapest.

Scafuri, M. “Building a Good Site Plan: Modeling Techniques and the Integration of 3D Data Collected During the Excavation of the H.L. Hunley Submarine.” Paper presented at the 35th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Berlin, Germany, April 2-6. Abstract p. 27 in Layers of Perception: Advanced Technological Means to Illuminate Our Past, Deutches Archäologishces Institut, Berlin.

Lunze, J.L., S.M. Harris, M. Jacobsen and M. Scafuri. The Characteristics and Significance of Rusticles from the H.L. Hunley. Presented by J.L. Lunze at the Geological Society of America 56th Annual Meeting South Eastern Section in Savannah, GA, March 29-30. GSA 2007 Abstracts & Programs Vol. 39(2): 20.

Jacobsen, M., M. Scafuri., and J. Hunter. H.L. Hunley Project 2007 Annual Report, Warren Lasch Conservation Center/WLCC, North Charleston. Submitted to the Patricia Cornwell Foundation, December.

Jacobsen, M. , M. Scafuri, and J. Hunter. Hunley Project 2006 Annual Report, Lasch Conservation Center/WLCC, North Charleston. Submitted to the Patricia Cornwell Foundation, December.

Scafuri, M. “The H.L. Hunley Project 2004: Recent Developments in the Analysis and Mapping of the Civil War Submarine and its Crew.” Paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s 38th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, York, England, January 5-10, 2005.

Hocker, F. and M. Scafuri, “Bozburun Byzantine Shipwreck Excavation: Preliminary Results from the 1996 Season”, Underwater Archaeology, 1997:97-103.

Scafuri, M., “Bozburun Byzantine Shipwreck Excavation: 1996 Season Preliminary Report.” Paper presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s 30th Annual Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Corpus Christi, TX, USA, January 1997.

Hocker, F., M. Scafuri, “The Bozburun Byzantine Shipwreck Excavation: 1996 Campaign”, INA Quarterly, vol. 23, no.4, 1996:3-9.