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Doug Gann
Preservation Archaeologist & Visualization Specialist, Archaeology Southwest
Preservation Archaeologist & Visualization Specialist, Archaeology Southwest
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Starting to get caught up on blog posts, and sorry for the cross posting but here it is. 93 photographs of an ancient shrine converted into first person perspective virtual simulation in roughly 4 hours with Photoscan and Unity 3D.  

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93 photographs of an ancient shrine converted into first person perspective virtual simulation in roughly 4 hours with Photoscan and Unity 3D.  

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I've found that Phone cameras are a poor choice for this type of documentation.  The lenses are cheap plastic with extreme aspherical distortions that have to be corrected at the phone's software level.  Modeling software can create a believable model, but just because you get a modeling result does not mean your model is accurate.  R. Gaidao's point about advanced smartphones being similar to other digital cameras on the market is essentially correct, but for the wrong reasons. The market is flooded with digital cameras that use cheap gimmicks like plastic optics or rolling shutters (GoPro Hero, etc).  These devices are not going to generate accurate results for Photogrammetry/SIM/IMB.  

Interesting Digital Post-Doc, could be a great opportunity for an aspiring digital archaeologist:  
The University of Virginia Department of Anthropology is currently seeking to hire a part-time Post-doctoral Fellow who will contribute to the further development of the Chaco Research Archive and also begin creating and developing a separate, comparative database on the prehispanic regional center of Paquimé (Casas Grandes) in northern Mexico.  A PhD in Anthropology/Archaeology is required.  This individual will assess and thoroughly analyze field reports and journals, published documents, catalog lists, and images from archaeological excavations in Chaco Canyon and at Paquimé and begin entering information into complex, multi-table, online databases.  Tasks include creating site and regional maps, scanning documents and images, establishing digital links between geographical areas (e.g., individual dwellings or sites) and excavation data, creating Adobe Acrobat-compatible files to be posted on websites, and continuing the development of an Adobe Lightroom image database and initiation the migration of that database to a central server. The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. http://jobs.virginia.edu - posting #0612576

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An Archaeology Road Show in Arizona's Mogollon highlands.  We are hoping events like this can start to bridge a gap in trust between archaeologists and rural community members with significant family collections that have been made very nervous by the Blanding raids.

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First post from our field school in Preservation Archaeology.

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Sorry to be so scarce, digging my way out from my habitual practice of over-commitments.  Anyway, a cool potential tool was sent my way by Dennis Holiday.  New 3d Repository that allows you to share and even embed 3d models for free.  Here's a sample virtual artifact on Sketchfab.

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This premiers next week in Durango.  I'm looking forward to being able to watch the entire film soon.

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Announcing the University of Arizona School of Anthropology and Archaeology Southwest's 2013 field school in Preservation Archaeology 

Anyone up for a hangout on Archaeology and 3d or data visualization? Going to see what happens at 4-6 pm UCT tomorrow (1/11/2013) 
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