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Overview: MayaArch3D - A Web-based 3D-GIS for the Analysis of the Archaeology of Copan, Honduras

Author(s): Jennifer von Schwerin ; Markus Reindel

Year: 2015

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The documentation and analysis of complex archaeological sites constitutes a challenge for modern research. Large amounts of data have to be stored and accessed, normally by different research teams, based on places all over the world. Funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), and in cooperation with partners from Germany, Italy, USA and Honduras, the MayaArch3D project is using data from the Maya site Copan, Honduras, to develop a state-of-the-art, open source, online system for the documentation and analysis of complex archaeological sites. The data, different in kind and resolution, include text and numerical information, raster data, vector data, 2.5D surface models, and 3D models of objects, architecture and landscape. The system combines the database functions with the analytical functions of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) into one single platform. On the backend of our system, a Filemaker Pro database contains the archaological attributes for each digital object and two PostGreSql databases that hold the geometries for 3D objects and 2D shapefiles. On the front end, the public sees a 2D geobrowser, a 3D geobrowser, and a Single Object Viewer. A user management system offers different security levels, with both a public and password log-in.

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Overview: MayaArch3D - A Web-based 3D-GIS for the Analysis of the Archaeology of Copan, Honduras. Markus Reindel, Jennifer von Schwerin. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396912)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

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