Visualizing Prehistoric Artifacts: 3D Scanning, GIS, and Data Sharing


Since 2009, the 3D Scanning of Molded and Modeled Artifacts Project has collected a sample of approximately 100 specimens. The main goals of our project include the assessment of mold and stamp use as methods of standardized mass production of clay artifacts in prehistoric Mesoamerica and beyond, as well as, digitally archiving images housed in various collections. In this presentation, we aim to introduce a virtual catalogue of clay artifacts that contains digital raw 3D data. The Digital 3D Catalogue provides an opportunity to researchers interested in identification and comparison of their site collections with others that may not be reachable, fosters further metrological analyses, encourages data sharing, and will be accessible to the general public in the near future.

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Visualizing Prehistoric Artifacts: 3D Scanning, GIS, and Data Sharing. Virginia Ochoa-Winemiller, Terance Winemiller. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396714)


3D Digital figurines

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Spatial Coverage

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