Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Department of Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. Heather McKillop

Second Advisor

Dr. Belinda Davis

Third Advisor

Dr. Rebecca Saunders

Keywords

Archaeology, 3D technology, Maya

Abstract

3D technology can preserve cultural heritage resources and enhance museum collections and exhibits. Through 3D scanning, an exact digital replica of an artifact is created, which can be printed out or used to create a digital display. For this project, 3D scanning was used to reconstruct ancient Maya lives at Pork and Doughboy Point, Belize. By studying and classifying an inventory of selected artifacts, we were able to determine what activities occurred at the site. goal of this project was to showcase the growing importance of 3D technology in cultural preservation and the variety of ways in which it can be used. Additionally, this project sought to explore the negative and positive aspects of digitization in museum collections, and the feasibility of the implementation of this technology.

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