3D Documentation

The 3D scanning project was initiated by the CMHI in 2007 to produce high-resolution digital replicas of ancient Maya monuments and artifacts for the purposes of conservation, research, illustration, publication, and education. Documentation focused on endangered monuments at the archaeological site of Copan in Honduras, including the famous Hieroglyphic Stairway and modeled stucco façades. Digital models and scaled 3D prints are assisting in a new and more accurate reconstruction of this monument. Additional documentation took place at the archaeological sites of Tikal, Holmul, Cival, and Naranjo in Guatemala, and museum collections of Guatemala and United States. 

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Alexandre Tokovinine and Adelso Canan scanning Building A, Group II, Holmul (photo by Keith Merwin).

Masiso stucco panel, Copan, Honduras, discovered by Ricardo Agurcia Fasquelle (3D rendering by Alexandre Tokovinine, with permission of the excavator and in collaboration with the Instituto Hondureño de Antropología e Historia).