The Takalik Abaj Monumental Stone Sculpture Project
For over a century, archaeological investigations at the site of Takalik Abaj have focused on the site's monumental stone carvings. An assemblage of 124 carved monuments, among the 326 stone objects that have been registered at the site, are considered one of the most eclectic collections in all of Mesoamerica, and make up an important component of the corpus of Mesoamerican stone sculpture. Yet, collectively, this unique communicative record has not been documented or published in a coordinated, comprehensive manner amenable to detailed analytical study.

The primary objective of the Takalik Abaj Monumental Stone Sculpture Project is to promote and facilitate independent and collaborative research into Middle Formative (c. 800 to 100 BC) and proto-Classic period (c. 100 BC to AD 300) archaeology, iconography, and epigraphy. To accomplish this goal the most accurate and complete visual, spatial, and historical documentation of the Takalik Abaj stone sculptures currently possible using "best available technologies" has been produced and are now being made readily available to the international research community for purposes of preservation, management, analysis, and interpretation. A series of non-contact, non-destructive, state-of-the-art technologies were used to produce three-dimensional and two-dimensional imaging and to collect spatial location information that are incorporated into this database where they can be interactively examined, analyzed, and compared.
Credit: Copyright 2012 Doering & Collins, Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies, University of South Florida; Schieber de Lavarre da & Orrego, Proyecto Nacional Takalik Abaj, Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Direccion General del Patrimonio Cultural y Natural-IDAEH, Guatem ala. For publication or other use of original drawings, photos, or scans permission must be requested in writing from the authors at AIST@usf.ed u.
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