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  • Robert Karl Stonjek
    Among the Ruins February 26th, 2010 in Other Sciences / Archaeology & Fossils (PhysOrg.com) -- In an ancient Mayan site, USF archaeologists use new tools to
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 26, 2010
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      Among the Ruins

      February 26th, 2010 in Other Sciences / Archaeology & Fossils
      Among the Ruins(PhysOrg.com) -- In an ancient Mayan site, USF archaeologists use new tools to find everything old.

      For the past three weeks, a team from the University of South Florida’s Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies - a network of archaeologists, geologists, historians and other disciplines - have been exploring the Guatemalan ruins of Tak’alik Abaj’, an ancient city where Mayan priests once conducted rituals.

      Using some of the world’s most advanced scanning and photographic technology, the team is able to explore the ruins - considered some of the most fascinating ancient treasures in the world - without disturbing them in the site, which lies in southwest Guatemala, about 45 km from the border with Mexico.

      The AIST scientists are capturing three-dimensional images of the ruins which scholars around the world can study and allow for less invasive excavation of the vast site, which over the years has become the home of a sustainable coffee and rubber plantation and in some parts remains covered by thick vegetation in others.

      USF archaeologist Travis Doering, who co-founded AIST with USF anthropologist Lori Collins, said the National Science Foundation funded project will eventually allow scholars to access images from the ruins on the Internet and examine them in as much detail as if they were there in person. In addition to being an important religious site for the Mayans, the area also flourished from 9th century BC through to at least the 10th century AD as an important centre of commerce.

      “Everybody is going to be able to use the data, we’re going to make it available to the broadest audience available,” he said. “Particularly in Mesoamerican studies, the data is very closely held and it’s difficult to get to. The more people who can see it can interact with it the better the discipline is going to be.”
      The group will be in Guatemala until March 14, but they’ve enabled readers to follow their journey in their blog, AIST Expedition Journal.

      The Tak’alik Abaj’ project has been carried out in cooperation with the Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Direccion General del Patrimonio Cultural y Natural, Projecto Nacional Tak’alik Abaj’ and El Asintal, Retalhuleu.

      Provided by University of South Florida
      http://www.physorg.com/news186419281.html

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    • Joseph Burch
      Robert, et al -- You can see photos of Taj alik Abaj posted by AIST here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aist/sets/72157603369126227/ The originals are highly
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 1, 2010
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        Robert, et al --

        You can see photos of Taj'alik Abaj' posted by AIST here:

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/aist/sets/72157603369126227/

        The originals are highly detailed, and AIST has provided a selection of image sizes for the convenience of viewer.

        Joe

        On 02/27/2010 01:34 AM, Robert Karl Stonjek wrote:
         

        Among the Ruins

        February 26th, 2010 in Other Sciences / Archaeology & Fossils
        Among the Ruins(PhysOrg.com) -- In an ancient Mayan site, USF archaeologists use new tools to find everything old.

        For the past three weeks, a team from the University of South Florida’s Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies - a network of archaeologists, geologists, historians and other disciplines - have been exploring the Guatemalan ruins of Tak’alik Abaj’, an ancient city where Mayan priests once conducted rituals.

        Using some of the world’s most advanced scanning and photographic technology, the team is able to explore the ruins - considered some of the most fascinating ancient treasures in the world - without disturbing them in the site, which lies in southwest Guatemala, about 45 km from the border with Mexico.

        The AIST scientists are capturing three-dimensional images of the ruins which scholars around the world can study and allow for less invasive excavation of the vast site, which over the years has become the home of a sustainable coffee and rubber plantation and in some parts remains covered by thick vegetation in others.

        USF archaeologist Travis Doering, who co-founded AIST with USF anthropologist Lori Collins, said the National Science Foundation funded project will eventually allow scholars to access images from the ruins on the Internet and examine them in as much detail as if they were there in person. In addition to being an important religious site for the Mayans, the area also flourished from 9th century BC through to at least the 10th century AD as an important centre of commerce.

        “Everybody is going to be able to use the data, we’re going to make it available to the broadest audience available,” he said. “Particularly in Mesoamerican studies, the data is very closely held and it’s difficult to get to. The more people who can see it can interact with it the better the discipline is going to be.”
        The group will be in Guatemala until March 14, but they’ve enabled readers to follow their journey in their blog, AIST Expedition Journal.

        The Tak’alik Abaj’ project has been carried out in cooperation with the Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Direccion General del Patrimonio Cultural y Natural, Projecto Nacional Tak’alik Abaj’ and El Asintal, Retalhuleu.

        Provided by University of South Florida
        http://www.physorg. com/news18641928 1.html

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        Robert Karl Stonjek


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