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The Takalik Abaj Monumental Stone Sculpture Project: High Definition Digital Documentation and Analysis
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Because of the potential interpretive value of the carved stone monuments to Mesoamerican researchers, the “Takalik Abaj Monumental Stone Sculpture Project” has an objective 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) iconography and epigraphy. The project has produced the most accurate and complete visual, spatial, and historical documentation of the Takalik Abaj stone sculptures currently possible using best available technologies. In order to better understand ancient cognitive systems and interpret their communicative practices, we are making those records readily available to the international research community for purposes of preservation, 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 spatial datasets that are incorporated into databases where they can be interactively examined, analyzed, and compared in accessible virtual environments.
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