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Understanding the Architecture of the Virgin Branch Ancestral Puebloan Using a Digital 3D Model-Based Process

Author(s): Benjamin Van Alstyne

Year: 2016

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On the Shivwits Plateau, there is scarce information concerning how the Virgin Branch Ancestral Puebloan people constructed their pueblos. This is a result of post-depositional processes that have destroyed much of the building materials. Thus, to further our understanding of the Ancestral Puebloan efforts to live in a semi-arid environment, this research incorporates information obtained from Puebloan ethnographies, experimental archaeology, and excavations. The data is combined through a parametric 3D model-based process known as Building Information Modeling, to produce digital reconstructions of the ancient pueblos. These digital 3D models output volumetric data that are used to estimate material quantities and labor investments, and to evaluate whether the pueblos were occupied seasonally or year-round.


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Understanding the Architecture of the Virgin Branch Ancestral Puebloan Using a Digital 3D Model-Based Process. Benjamin Van Alstyne. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404414)


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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