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High Resolution Imaging of Stone Tools from the 1st Millennium BC, Grand Cocle Region of Panama: A Digital Archive Initiative

Author(s): Patricia Hansell

Year: 2017

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Summary

Archaeological investigations often result in large quantities of stone and ceramic artifacts which, after being catalogued and analyzed, are stored in accessible places and rarely used for further research, student training or public education. Digital technology is changing this. It is revolutionizing the way we do research, archive our results and communicate with others. Based on a sample of time- or functionally-sensitive stone tools from the 1st millennium BC component at the archaeological site of La Mula-Sarigua in the Grand Cocle Region of Panama, this poster will describe the results of my initiative to (1) digitally photograph and/or scan each object to produce high resolution 3D images, and (2) place them in a publicly accessible web-based repository. The incorporation of high resolution 3D scanned artifacts in digital databases will allow users to manipulate, make observations and take measurements similar to handling the actual artifact. That such databases will be an important tool for analyses in the future is certain as it allows for extensive research independent of the physical objects and institution, the latter of which are often continents apart.


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High Resolution Imaging of Stone Tools from the 1st Millennium BC, Grand Cocle Region of Panama: A Digital Archive Initiative. Patricia Hansell. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 428995)


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Central America


Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14425

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