Taos Archaeological Society
Location: Kit Carson Electric - 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos
Date: Feb. 12th (Tuesday) @ 7:00 PM
Speaker: Dr. Lia Tsesmeli,
Subject: Enriching explanations: From excavation to 3D modelling endeavors
Displaying archaeological data and building histories in a graphically vivid and exciting way has seen a surge in recent years, in addition to the customary research papers, publications, and presentations in various archaeological meetings. How are we able to communicate the links between knowledge and information to researchers and the public alike? Visualizing information in three dimensions and offering an interactive approach to archaeological data has been steadily gaining momentum and many companies now offer such services to archaeological projects worldwide. In this presentation I will share my own experience and examples of 3D representation of landscapes, excavation units, pyramids and pithouses, tunnels and looters trenches. I will talk about acquiring data in the traditional manner (surveying with total stations and GPS), along with the newest method of LiDAR, and also about what we gain by presenting such data in three dimensions.
Dr. Evangelia “Lia” Tsesmeli is an anthropological archaeologist, specializing in the American Southwest and Maya lowlands. She studied anthropology and archaeology (Ph.D. 2011 SMU), and also Classics (MA) at the University of Arizona, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at the University of West Florida. She has a keen interest in the social organization of past societies, and in complexity correlates such as architecture, construction materials and interaction patterns. Her fieldwork includes collaborative multidisciplinary excavations and surveys in the Mediterranean, American Southwest and Central America, and she is also a published archaeological illustrator. Along with her current post as State Trust Archaeologist where she utilizes GIS to address compliance issues and assessment of possible effects to cultural resources, she continues to examine social issues of migration, integration and reorganization in the Ancestral Pueblo world. Since 2012 she serves as the co-director of the BaahKu archaeological project in the El Prado area
Join other TAS members and our speaker for Dinner at 5 PM
Guadalajara Grill South, 1384 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos, across from Ace Hardware.
Arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, place your order at the front, and take your number to the back room.
No reservations needed.
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Check out the Feb 12th "Bulletins" page for more information and pictures.