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How to Capture a Photograph worth a Thousand words: Photographic Documentation of Rock Art in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Texas

Author(s): Jerod Roberts ; Victoria Muñoz ; Carolyn Boyd

Year: 2016

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Digital photography provides increasingly sophisticated applications that are invaluable to rock art researchers. Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center relies heavily on many of these applications to document, preserve, and analyze rock art—such as 3D modeling through Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry, multi-focal stacking, color management, and digital field microscopy for stratigraphic analyses. Depending on which applications are used, there are important considerations that should be addressed to ensure the collection and management of accurate visual data. This presentation will discuss some of these applications and how they are being implemented in the extensive photographic documentation of one of the most complex and threatened rock art sites in North America—the pictographic mural of Rattlesnake Canyon.


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How to Capture a Photograph worth a Thousand words: Photographic Documentation of Rock Art in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Texas. Jerod Roberts, Victoria Muñoz, Carolyn Boyd. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403478)


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min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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