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3D Survey and Documentation of Puerte´ Del Sol monolith (Gateway of the Sun) in Tiwanaku, Bolivia using the Konica Minolta VIVID 9i

Creator(s): Adam Barnes

Year: 2006

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The Puerte´ Del Sol (Gateway of the Sun) is a large stone monolith at the archaeological site Tiwanaku in Bolivia. The gateway is believed to have been used to mark calendrical cycles. It was found inside the large Kalasasaya monument.

The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), University of Arkansas scanned the engraved frieze (top front portion) of the stone monolith. CAST researchers used a Konica Minolta VIVID 9i to collect scan data.

Visit YouTube to view a fly-through of CAST's 3D scan of the Puerte Del Sol:

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3D Survey and Documentation of Puerte´ Del Sol monolith (Gateway of the Sun) in Tiwanaku, Bolivia using the Konica Minolta VIVID 9i. Adam Barnes. Fayetteville, AR: Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies. 2006 ( tDAR id: 391607) ; doi:10.6067/XCV82V2H03


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Survey Date (start):

Aug 3, 2006

Survey Date (end):

Aug 7, 2006


Scanning was completed at night. As a result, no RGB data were collected with the scans.

Scanner Details:

Konica Minolta VIVID 9i, millimeters

Company Name:

Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies

Turntable Used:


RGB Data Capture Information:

No RGB data acquired

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Number of Scans:


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Description of Final Datasets for Archive:

Original scans as polygonal meshes in OBJ format, transformation matrices for each scan, Registered, merged polygonal mesh (unedited) in OBJ format, Final, post-processed polygonal mesh in OBJ format. NOTE: Scans were acquired directly into Polyworks IMAlign. The max angle value was set to 75 degrees and max edge length was set to automatic (both default settings) for each scan.


Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 300 to 1000 (Period of occupation)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -68.768; min lat: -16.657 ; max long: -68.565; max lat: -16.494 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Adam Barnes

Contributor(s): Christopher Goodmaster

Principal Investigator(s): Fred Limp

File Information

  Name Size Creation Date Date Uploaded Access
PDS1.jpg 325.98kb Oct 10, 2013 Oct 10, 2013 8:59:28 AM Public
Polygonal mesh data set for the Puerte´ del sol monolith in Tiwanaku
PDS2.jpg 856.91kb Oct 10, 2013 8:59:28 AM Public
Closeup of polygonal mesh data set 994.31mb Aug 6, 2014 7:53:06 AM Public
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