Monte Alban’s Main Plaza: New Perspectives Gained Through Geophysical Prospection and Digital Mapping
Ongoing scholarly debate concerning the function, meaning, and history of Monte Albán’s Main Plaza have important ramifications for our understanding of sociopolitical, economic, and religious life at the Zapotec capital. Although previous investigations have targeted many of the buildings that surround the plaza, none have focused explicitly on the plaza itself. This paper presents the preliminary results of the Proyecto Geofísico de Monte Albán (PGMA), a non-invasive study of the entire Main Plaza utilizing multiple geophysical prospection techniques, as well as microtopographic mapping via drone-aided photogrammetry and a robotic total station.
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Monte Alban’s Main Plaza: New Perspectives Gained Through Geophysical Prospection and Digital Mapping. Marc Levine, Alex E. Badillo, Scott Hammerstedt, Amanda Regnier, Marcus Winter. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444907)
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Abstract Id(s): 22549