Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, ARQUEOLÓGICA 2.0 - 8th International Congress on Archaeology, Computer Graphics, Cultural Heritage and Innovation

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IMAGING AND VISUALIZING MAYA CAVE SHRINES IN NORTHERN QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
Dominique Rissolo, Michael R. Hess, Aliya R. Hoff, Dominique Meyer, Fabio Esteban Amador, Adriana Velazquez Morlet, Vid Petrovic, Falko Kuester

Last modified: 21-09-2016

Abstract


Innovative imaging and visualization techniques allow for the capture and display of features or objects within their broader spatial contexts. With respect to Maya cave architecture, high-resolution panoramic visualization and the production of 3D models can be powerful analytical tools, enabling the evaluation of potentially meaningful relationships between natural features and constructed features within a cave. A collaboration between the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) in Quintana Roo and the University of California, San Diego involves a study of at-risk cave shrines. Initial comparative and multiscalar analyses across terrestrial and subterranean environments provide insight into the form, function, and meaning of Postclassic cave architecture in the northeastern Maya lowlands.

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