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Three Dimensional Modeling in Archaeological Interpretation: A Case Study from the Pacific Northwest

Author(s): Nathan Goodale ; Maxwell Lopez ; Greg P. Lord ; Alissa Nauman

Year: 2015

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Summary

Virtual reconstructions are becoming increasingly commonplace in archaeological vernacular and cultural heritage initiatives. As with any emergent technology however, the advantages, limits and drawbacks of such an approach are not well defined. This study assesses and contextualizes the validity and usefulness of virtual reconstructions in archaeological interpretation and academic publication and explores how such technologies are utilized in the field as a whole. In addition to a survey of the growing body of literature on the subject, and an exploration of the intersection between archaeology and computer science, findings from our own virtual reconstruction of a pithouse from the Slocan Narrows Village in the Upper Columbia River system are extrapolated upon.

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Three Dimensional Modeling in Archaeological Interpretation: A Case Study from the Pacific Northwest. Maxwell Lopez, Nathan Goodale, Alissa Nauman, Greg P. Lord. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397537)


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min long: -142.471; min lat: 42.033 ; max long: -47.725; max lat: 74.402 ;

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