3D Modeling – Breakthrough or Fad? Bronze Age Towers in Oman and Excavations of an Aksumite Town in Ethiopia


Three-Dimensional modeling is rapidly transforming reconstruction, visualization and conceptualization of ancient architecture. Many archaeologists are enthusiastic about 3D modeling and implementation of 3D methodologies has been rapid; others remain skeptical that the outcomes of 3D modeling justify the time and resources expended. This paper considers the strengths, weaknesses, and future prospects of 3D models. We discuss results of two projects that used photogrammetry and advanced GPS to model a Bronze Age tower monument in Oman, as well as stratigraphy and sub-surface architecture of an Aksumite town in Ethiopia. Major issues considered include the role 3D models play in: 1) cultural heritage management, public outreach and archiving a digital record of archaeological remains, 2) revealing the design of ancient architecture and monuments as compared to more traditional methods of drawing, and 3) illuminating the social and political dynamics of ancient societies.

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3D Modeling – Breakthrough or Fad? Bronze Age Towers in Oman and Excavations of an Aksumite Town in Ethiopia. Michael Harrower, Kathleen M. O'Meara, Ioana A. Dumitru, Clara J. Hickman, Jacob L. Bongers. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395051)


3D Ethiopia Oman

Geographic Keywords
West Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 25.225; min lat: 15.115 ; max long: 66.709; max lat: 45.583 ;