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Revisiting Williamsburg’’s First Two Reconstructions: Using 3D Modeling to Reexamine and Reinterpret the Raleigh Tavern and Capitol

Author(s): Lisa Fischer

Year: 2014

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Archaeology in Williamsburg has been ongoing since the restoration and reconstruction of Williamsburg began in the 1920s, although the methods used have certainly evolved over time. While we cannot re-excavate an area destroyed during the reconstruction process, technology can be an effective tool for reassessing and reinterpreting the evidence, including any more recent data that may have surfaced since a site was first excavated and reconstructed. 3D modeling is one effective approach for testing and visualizing archaeological data. In the first phase of developing Virtual Williamsburg, an interactive 3D model of Williamsburg in 1776, we recreated the town’s east end. Two of the sites modeled included the first two buildings reconstructed as part of the restoration: the Raleigh Tavern and the Capitol. This paper will explore how 3D visualization has been used to reexamine and reinterpret these two important sites and brought to light new information about these iconic structures.


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Revisiting Williamsburg’’s First Two Reconstructions: Using 3D Modeling to Reexamine and Reinterpret the Raleigh Tavern and Capitol. Lisa Fischer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436653)


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PaperId(s): SYM-9,07

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