Survey of the Putuni monument in Tiwanaku, Bolivia using the Optech ILRIS-3D

Creator(s): Angie Payne

Year: 2005


The Putuni is one of the large stone monuments in the monumental core at the archaeological site Tiwanaku, Bolivia. It is located west of the large Kalasasaya monument.

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), University of Arkansas conducted high density surveys of the Putuni with the Optech ILRIS-3D scanner. CAST researchers completed a survey in 2005. The scan files from the 2005 survey are provided here.

CAST completed another survey in 2006. The original scan files from the 2006 survey and the final registered point cloud (combined from both surveys) are available at the following tDAR URL:

Visit YouTube to view a fly-through of the 3D scan of the Putuni:

Cite this Record

Survey of the Putuni monument in Tiwanaku, Bolivia using the Optech ILRIS-3D. Angie Payne. Fayetteville, AR: Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. 2005 ( tDAR id: 391585) ; doi:10.6067/XCV83J3DXQ


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Survey Date (start):

Jun 28, 2005

Survey Date (end):

Jul 2, 2005


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Scanner Details:

Optech ILRIS-3D, Serial No:10162, meters

Company Name:

Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies

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RGB Data Capture Information:

NA. Color information was not acquired for the scans however intensity data is automatically acquired with the ILRIS 3D.

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Number of Scans:


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Description of Final Datasets for Archive:

Original scans (unedited, prior to registration) in e57 format, transformation matrices for each scan. NOTE: Prior to registration all scans were edited to remove extraneous data. The edited scans were imported into Polyworks IMAlign (and gridded) and then registered. The transformation matrices from the edited scans were exported and are provided here with the original, unedited scans.

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 300 to 1000 (Period of Occupation)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -68.753; min lat: -16.645 ; max long: -68.584; max lat: -16.491 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Angie Payne

Principal Investigator(s): Fredrick Limp

File Information

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View looking south at the Putuni monument (northern wall in foreground)