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The Development of Techniques and Methods Used to Record Hoyo Negro: A Submerged Cave Site on the Yucatan Peninsula

Author(s): Alex Alvarez ; Alberto Nava ; Susan Bird ; Franco Attolini ; Roberto Chavez

Year: 2015

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The Underwater Caves of the Yucatan Peninsula have become central to understanding the climate, paleontological and anthropological records from the Late Pleistocene in Central America. Archeological recording of those hostile environments is extremely complex and requires innovative techniques. In Hoyo Negro, remains of a human, gomphotheres, two giant ground sloths, cave bears, and, sabertooths have been found directly associated by depth and/or position, all in unburied contexts. Over the last 4 years we have applied a range of techniques to record this site: Starting with traditional methods including photography, videography and cave cartography, followed by more advanced reality capture techniques including spherical giga-pixel imaging, and venturing out by experimenting with Structure for Motion techniques that allow for 3D models of remains and cave features to be captured for later study and analysis. 

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The Development of Techniques and Methods Used to Record Hoyo Negro: A Submerged Cave Site on the Yucatan Peninsula. Alberto Nava, Alex Alvarez, Franco Attolini, Susan Bird, Roberto Chavez. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396530)


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min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America