ANNOUNCEMENT – DATA PAPER SERIES

The JTAH.org is very pleased to announce our collaboration with Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr., Center for Regional Heritage Research at Stephen F. Austin State University, to publish a series of Data Papers.  This series of data papers is focused on research of 3D geometric morphometric analysis of pottery using scans made with the Creaform GoSCAN50 device running VXElements and Geomagic Design X.  These data have applications to augment many research designs in the humanities and ceramic studies and other comparative research topics.

The first two data papers in this series are now available here.

3D Scan Data for Caddo Ceramic Vessels from 41WD60 in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Collections

Data Paper Series 2

3D Scan Data for Caddo Ceramic Vessels from 41WD60 in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Collections

Robert Z. Selden Jr.

ABSTRACT

In February of 2015, 19 Caddo burial vessels in the Texas Parks and Wildlife Collections were scanned (3D) using a ZScanner 700CX running VXElements 4.1 via the scanner direct control function in Geomagic Design X 2015.2.0. These data will be used in a research design aimed at the 3D geometric morphometric analysis of Caddo burial vessels. Post-processing of these data occurred in Geomagic Design X, and quality control for missing data leveraged both Geomagic Design X and Geomagic Verify. In addition to the 3D morphometrics study, these data can augment a wide variety of digital humanities and archaeological projects.

Link to full article.

3D Scan Data for Caddo Ceramic Vessels from the George C. Davis Site (41CE19)

Data Paper Series 1

3D Scan Data for Caddo Ceramic Vessels from the George C. Davis Site (41CE19)

Robert Z. Selden Jr

ABSTRACT

On June 8, 2015, the intact and reconstructed vessels from the George C. Davis site (41CE19) were scanned (3D) in advance of an analysis of 3D geometric morphometrics. These data were collected using a Creaform GoSCAN50 running VXElements via the scanner direct control function in Geomagic Design X. All data associated with this project are available in Zenodo under a Creative Commons Attribution license, where they can be downloaded for use in additional projects. These data have the capacity to augment numerous research designs in the digital humanities and ceramic studies, as well as a wide range of comparative research topics throughout the American Southeast. The reuse potential for these data is significant.

Link to full article.

AN UNUSUAL LATE ABORIGINAL ASSEMBLAGE SAN SABA COUNTY, CENTRAL TEXAS FROM THE WILSON SITE (41SS186), SAN SABA COUNTY, CENTRAL TEXAS

Volume 3, Article 2

AN UNUSUAL LATE ABORIGINAL ASSEMBLAGE  SAN SABA COUNTY, CENTRAL TEXAS  FROM THE WILSON SITE (41SS186), SAN SABA COUNTY, CENTRAL TEXAS

Charles A. Hixson
with a contribution by James K. Feathers

ABSTRACT

The late aboriginal component in the Wilson Site in San Saba County is unusual in that most of the assemblage is consistent with that of Classic Toyah, but the diagnostic projectile point is an unnotched triangular arrow point instead of the typical Perdiz point. The absence of Perdiz points suggests that this component is associated with non-Toyah people and possibly dates to after 1700. Archaeological testing by the Llano Uplift Archeological Society (LUAS) to find supporting evidence for a historic date identified an Austin phase shell midden and a “Late Component” composed of triangular arrow points, end scrapers, a beveled biface and bone-tempered sherds, but no items of European manufacture. Complicating matters, the luminescence dating on a ceramic sample opens the possibility that the Late Component predates the currently accepted beginning of the Toyah phase.

Link to full article.

ARCHEOLOGICAL 3D MAPPING: THE STRUCTURE FROM MOTION REVOLUTION

Volume 3, Article 1

ARCHEOLOGICAL 3D MAPPING: THE STRUCTURE FROM MOTION REVOLUTION

Mark D. Willis1, Charles W. Koenig2*, Stephen L. Black2, and Amanda M. Castañeda2

ABSTRACT

Mapping is a critical aspect of systematic documentation no matter where archaeologists work. From hand-drawn maps of excavation units to maps created with Total Data Stations or LiDAR scanning, today’s archaeologists have a suite of mapping techniques and technologies to choose from when documenting a site. Typically, spectacular sites often receive high resolution mapping, whereas everyday sites rarely do. Recently, however, a revolutionary technology and technique has been created that can produce highly accurate and precise three-dimensional maps and orthophotos of archaeological sites, features, and profiles at a fraction of the cost and time of LiDAR and intensive TDS mapping: Structure from Motion (SfM). SfM is a new digital photography processing technique for capturing highly detailed, three-dimensional (3D) data from almost any surface using digital cameras. This article introduces the various platforms SfM photographs can be collected from (UAV, kites, balloons, poles, and groundbased) and provides examples of different types of data SfM can provide. The Structure from Motion Revolution is unfolding across the globe at a rapid pace, and we encourage archaeologists to take advantage of this new recording method.

Link to full article.

Important Notes about Article 1:

  1. The Article 1 file is 83.7 MB in size. Your download time will take a minute or two if you have a slow ISP.
  2. The file contains 3-D interactive and video animation imagery that may not work on your computer unless you have a recent version of Adobe Reader or one of the Adobe software packages; such as Acrobat or Illustrator.
  3. Adobe provides a free download of their Reader DC software at this link: Adobe Reader DC.

JTAH VOLUME THREE HAS LAUNCHED!

Greetings! The Journal of Texas Archeology and History.org is extremely pleased to announce the first article in our third volume of peer-reviewed research of archeology and history in the Texas Borderlands has been published online at our website. The article, authored by Mark Willis, Charles Koenig, Steve Black and Amanda Castaneda, is a beautifully illustrated and detailed description of the revolutionary new site recording methodology developed by the authors that is based on SfM photography.

This article demonstrates the power of digital publishing with interactive 3-D imagery, video animation clips and high-resolution photography to explain their use of technology to create a new system of site documentation. Our future authors are encouraged to include extensive high resolution imagery, sound bites, video clips, as well as 3-D interactive images like those found in this new article.

Please follow this link to read or download the new article: (Volume 3, Article 1)

Important Notes about Article 1:

  1. The Article 1 file is 83.7 MB in size. Your download time will take a minute or two if you have a slow ISP.
  2. The file contains 3-D interactive and video animation imagery that may not work on your computer unless you have a recent version of Adobe Reader or one of the Adobe software packages; such as Acrobat or Illustrator.
  3. Adobe provides a free download of their Reader DC software at this link: Adobe Reader DC.

 

Call for Papers – Volume 3

Journal of Texas Archeology and History.org has been established to protect, preserve and promote archeology and history through public outreach, publishing, and distribution. Our signature work is a peer-reviewed publication that promotes professional and scholastic level research in the fields of archeology and history regarding a geographic region centered around the State of Texas that includes Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and the northern portions of Mexico. We call this region the “Texas Borderlands”.

The JTAH journal is an open-access online publication whose text is discoverable via Google Scholar and other prominent search engines. It is freely available to authors and readers worldwide. It is word searchable in common .PDF file format and indexed to be discoverable on the internet. We have no deadline for authors to meet; simply submit the completed manuscript to Editor-in-Chief Todd M. Ahlman at t_a57@txstate.edu and he will begin the peer review process. All submissions should follow American Antiquity style:

(http://www.saa.org/Portals/0/SAA/Publications/StyleGuide/StyleGuide_Final_813.pdf).

Upon peer review and approval by our Editor-in-Chief and final preparation for publication, it will be published in the online journal. Volumes close on December 31 and the next volume is begun on January 01.

Because the Journal is a 100% digital publication, authors may take full advantage of technology to enhance their article through use of features not available in traditional publications. These enhancements include: extensive color, high-resolution photography, video clips and embedded sound bites, 3-D interactive renderings, and hypertext links to outside content and websites.

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