Survey of the Templete´ (Semi Subterranean Temple) in Tiwanaku, Bolivia using the Optech ILRIS-3D

Creator(s): Angie Payne

Year: 2005


The Templete´ is a sunken temple at the archaeological site of Tiwanaku in Bolivia. The structure is notable for a series of unique carved stone heads. It is located east of the larger Kalasasaya monument in Tiwanaku.

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), University or Arkansas conducted a high density survey of the Templete´ in 2005. The scans from the 2005 survey are provided here.

CAST researchers acquired supplemental scans of this temple in 2006. The scans from the 2006 survey, as well as the final registered point cloud and polygonal mesh that are a result of the combined 2005/2006 surveys are provided at the following tDAR URL:

Visit YouTube to view a fly-through of CAST's 3D scan of the Templete´:

Cite this Record

Survey of the Templete´ (Semi Subterranean Temple) in Tiwanaku, Bolivia using the Optech ILRIS-3D. Angie Payne. Fayetteville, AR: Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. 2005 ( tDAR id: 391586) ; doi:10.6067/XCV87945MR


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Survey Date (start):

Jun 30, 2005

Survey Date (end):

Jul 1, 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: -68.759; min lat: -16.643 ; max long: -68.598; max lat: -16.491 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Angie Payne

Principal Investigator(s): Fredrick Limp

File Information

  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access 90.06mb Aug 6, 2014 7:32:26 AM Public
Closeup of polygonal mesh dataset for the Templete´ monument
templete1_lg.jpg 27.30kb Sep 4, 2014 9:44:11 AM Public
DSC_0779_sm.jpg 1.86kb Sep 4, 2014 9:44:11 AM Public
View of western wall of Templete' and eastern entrance of Kalasasaya
DSC_0768_lg.jpg 53.94kb Sep 4, 2014 9:44:11 AM Public
View of southwest interior corner of Templete' monument