Follow this link to see progress on my virtual reality ancient Maya site used for spatial analysis and interactive experiential college courses. The videos and pictures were composed from three versions (2013-2014, 2016, 2019-2020) of the virtual reality reconstruction of Cerro Maya (Cerros, Belize).

Although they relied on different software toolsets (CryEngine, Unreal 2.0, Unreal 4.13, Unreal 4.20), all versions were produced to be as historically accurate as possible. Details for the reconstructions were garnered from contemporary research, excavation notes, original survey maps, satellite imagery, and photography.

I have used these reconstructions as analytical tools for examining astronomical uses of architecture, social spaces used for ritual, social segregation, and more. Additionally, these 3d reconstructions have been used as teaching tools for anthropology and archeology classes at the University of Florida, Hampshire College, and The College of New Jersey.

Here is a brief video of our interactive lesson on photogrammetry with a digital anthropology class at The College of New Jersey in Spring 2019. Students worked together to produce two models. Why photogrammetry? Read on below...

Photogrammetry has become the most popular method for producing affordable, rapid, and the detailed 3D models of small and large objects in any given environment. Almost any kind of camera can be used to produce the necessary data to make advanced 3D models which then can be used for a variety of purposes. Archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians are using photogrammetry techniques to preserve, and represent cultural artifacts in digital spaces. Already, many museums are using the technique to produce online 3d artifact collections that interested members of public can view on the web but also in immersive virtual reality spaces.

Beyond museums and academic uses, corporations and businesses are using photogrammetry to build 3D models of products, objects, and architectural spaces that can be experienced and manipulated online. The range of uses for photogrammetry is growing every day.

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