Artifact Exhibits

Artifacts are portable objects constructed or modified by people.  The American Southwest Virtual Museum hosts high-resolution photographs of a variety of artifacts from the collections of National Parks and museums across the Southwest.

Image galleries

Interactive artifacts

The American Southwest Virtual Museum also features interactive artifacts in the form of 3D models, reflectance transformation imaging (RTI), and pottery vessel rotations.  3D models allow the user to rotate artifacts fully, viewing all sides; RTI enhances artifact surfaces and allows users to change the lighting to see features otherwise obscured by shadows; and the rotations allow users to turn vessels and zoom in on details.