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3D Modeling and Virtual Reality for Condition Assessments and Educational Outreach Tools Documenting Rock Art in Little Petroglyph Canyon, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California

Author(s): Shawn Fehrenbach ; Ben Hammer

Year: 2017

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Aerial photography with unmanned aerial systems (UASs), 3D modeling through photogrammetry, and the development of virtual reality environments are methods that are taking root within the discipline of archaeology. Developments in hardware and software over the past several years have led greater numbers of archaeologists to adopt these methods with more diverse applications. PaleoWest Archaeology, working under contract with our partners at PacArctic for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest is using these methods to document one of the densest concentrations of rock art in the New World. Little Petroglyph Canyon is part of the Coso Rock Art District, a National Historic Landmark on the Naval Air Weapons Station base in China Lake, California. 3D modeling using photogrammetry provides a baseline for the development of a GIS-based condition assessment database to be used by Navy archaeologists working on the base, as well as the baseline for two virtual reality outreach tools for academic and general audiences. This poster presents the initial results of our work on this site.


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3D Modeling and Virtual Reality for Condition Assessments and Educational Outreach Tools Documenting Rock Art in Little Petroglyph Canyon, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California. Shawn Fehrenbach, Ben Hammer. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429658)


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min long: -125.464; min lat: 32.101 ; max long: -114.214; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17545

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