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Digital Documentation and Assessment of the Remote Colonial Church at Ecab, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Author(s): Michael Hess ; Aliya R. Hoff ; Dominique Meyer ; Dominique Rissolo ; Luis Leira Guillermo ; Jeffrey Glover ; Fabio Esteban Amador ; Andrew Vaughn ; Falko Kuester

Year: 2015

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Located on the remote northeastern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula sits the 16th century church at Ecab, thought to be the first church in Mexico, which is in a fragile state of decay and in need of documentation and conservation. The church as well as the curate's house have been abandoned since 1644 and have both survived centuries of hurricanes and erosion.  The site, also referred to as Boca Iglesias, was a remote encomienda in colonial Mexico and still remains isolated today on a coastal rise only accessible by boat.  The remoteness of Boca Iglesias and the size of the structures created a difficult challenge for performing cultural heritage diagnostics.  The diagnostic tools utilized included terrestrial laser scanning, airborne imaging, stereo photography and high-resolution photography, which were all used simultaneously in order to capture enough data to accurately capture the current state of preservation.

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Digital Documentation and Assessment of the Remote Colonial Church at Ecab, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Michael Hess, Aliya R. Hoff, Dominique Meyer, Dominique Rissolo, Luis Leira Guillermo, Jeffrey Glover, Fabio Esteban Amador, Andrew Vaughn, Falko Kuester. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434074)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 503

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