3D SURVEY AND DATA PROCESSING OF BOLIVIAN ARCHAEOLOGY: THE RITUAL RECEPTACLE FROM TIWANAKU
Keywords: 3D reconstruction, Structured-light projection scanning, Archaeology, Bolivia, Tiwanaku
Abstract. The archaeological site of Tiwanaku is among the most important examples of Bolivian archaeology and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. This works reports a geomatic-based surveying and modelling methodology applied to a ritual receptacle excavated from the semi-subterranean temple in the archaeological complex. A high-resolution 3D survey was conducted through structured-light projection scanning and post-processing operations were carried out to emphasize surface details. Most of the operations were conducted in open-source software, with the aim to establish a quick and repeatable methodology to be applied to similar case studies. The final outputs, consisting of geometry projections (unrolled meshes), digitally enhanced surfaces and vector graphics can support the work of archaeologists in interpreting the iconography depicted on the receptacle and to conduct further studies to shed light about culture and religion of the civilization that inhabited Tiwanaku.