Photogrammetry and Virtual Reality Visualization of Cultural Landscapes in Southeastern Utah

Author(s): Eric Heller; Benjamin Bellorado

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Transcending Modern Boundaries: Recent Investigations of Cultural Landscapes in Southeastern Utah" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Recent technological advances, including photogrammetric capture and virtual reality visualization, offer exciting new means to document, analyze, and reconceptualize archaeological landscapes. Minimally invasive, cost effective, and extremely precise, these methods and technologies provide powerful datasets and investigative tools when applied to the cultural resources of Southeastern Utah. Through photogrammetric capture of features, sites, and entire viewsheds, we extend this technology into the scale of the cultural landscape. By so doing, we situate detailed three-dimensional models of archaeological resources into their social and environmental contexts. In addition, translating photogrammetry products into virtual reality environments allows the intuitive viewing and interaction with archaeological data. This advancement provides innovative pathways toward addressing longstanding and emergent research questions, facilitating collaboration, and enhancing land management practices. Finally, we explore the potential of educational virtual reality experiences to minimize the impacts of site visitation while simultaneously increasing and enhancing public engagement with the archaeology and cultural landscapes of Southeastern Utah.

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Photogrammetry and Virtual Reality Visualization of Cultural Landscapes in Southeastern Utah. Eric Heller, Benjamin Bellorado. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450936)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -123.97; min lat: 25.958 ; max long: -92.549; max lat: 37.996 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 23524