Mapping and 3D Modeling of a Terminal Postclassic Site in the Northern Yucatán


During our 2016 field season, we mapped and created 3D models of several sites in the Northern Yucatán that were scheduled for destruction due to highway expansion. We used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs/drones) to carry photographic equipment to collect both vertical and oblique photos of the site. The resulting photos were processed in photogrammetric software to generate an orthorectified photo mosaic and a 3D model of the entire area. These products were integrated into a GIS to facilitate analysis. In this poster, we outline the technology and data processing workflow used and display the resulting products for a Terminal Classic settlement. The settlement consists of a large platform on which approximately twelve structures are located. Our map encompasses, the platform, architectural remains visible on the ground surface, and salvage excavations from several structures and into sections of the platform.

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Mapping and 3D Modeling of a Terminal Postclassic Site in the Northern Yucatán. Rebekah Vermillion, Miguel Delgado Ku, Timothy Hare. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429202)

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3D Gis UAV

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Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 16979