Partnerships can spark up between unrelated disciplines with incredible results.
At Macquarie University, Dr Jaye McKenzie-Clark (Department of Ancient History) and Professor John Magnussen (Australian School of Advanced Medicine) have combined expertise in Ancient Artefacts with modern Medical Imaging.
Now one of the oldest technologies (cuneiform) can be replicated in minute detail with 3-D imaging and printing.
Researchers can handle and even break ancient pottery to reveal the secrets within. This means they will have unprecedented access to learn more about the ancient world.