3D Reconstruction of Early Spanish Colonial Hybrid Ceramics from Ciudad Vieja, El Salvador

Author(s): Jeb Card; Salem Arvin

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The primary serving vessel at the sixteenth-century Spanish colonial site of Ciudad Vieja, El Salvador, is an indigenously produced brimmed plate made in the form of Italianate majolica. These vessels were produced in a Mesoamerican technological tradition and were painted with a modified version of designs found on pre-Hispanic Pipil pottery in southeastern Mesoamerica, yet they display remarkable attention to minor variations of form found in contemporary Italianate plates. Approximately 600 fragmentary examples of this form have been found at Ciudad Vieja, making it one of the largest collections of ceramics sometimes labeled as "hybrid" or "colonoware", but only two partially complete examples have been recovered from the site. A sample of 84 fragments, representing most of the morphological variation in the larger population, were laser-scanned to produce 3D representations. These models were then used to produce 3D reproductions of the whole vessel for examination virtually and in physical 3D printed examples. This project not only allows analysis of these fragments as a more comprehensible whole, they are useful for classroom exercises and broader public outreach.

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3D Reconstruction of Early Spanish Colonial Hybrid Ceramics from Ciudad Vieja, El Salvador. Jeb Card, Salem Arvin. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450070)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -94.471; min lat: 13.005 ; max long: -87.748; max lat: 17.749 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 25087