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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.

 

PRESENTATIONS FROM THE TRANS-RIO BRAVO/RIO GRANDE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH COLLABORATION SYMPOSIUM AND PANEL DISCUSSION

Hello Everyone,

Presented here are the presentations from the Trans-Rio Bravo/Rio Grande International Research Collaboration Symposium and Panel held during the 2015 Texas Archeological Society’s 86th Annual meet.

THOMAS R. HESTER – 50 Years Along the Rio Grande: Reflections on a Variety of Archaeological Research Projects on the Border.”

EMILIANO GALLAGA MURRIETA – “Escuela de Antropología e Historia del Norte de México (EAHNM): a Powerful Ally”

VICTORIA L. MUNOZ – “¿Dónde está la frontera?” 

WILLIAM BREEN MURRAY – “Connections: Rock Art Across the River of Two Names”

MARY JO GALINDO – “Con un pie en cada lado: Nuevo Santander Ranching Communities”

MARTIN SALINAS RIVERA – “Archival Resources for Ethnohistorical Studies of northeastern Mexico and Texas”

Introduction to Symposium and Panel Discussion – Trans Rio-Bravo/Rio Grande International Research Collaboration Symposium and Panel Discussion at the T.A.S. 2015 Annual Meetings in Houston Texas, October 23-25, 2015

Enjoy!

PLAINS APACHE TIPIS: RESIDENTIAL AND CEREMONIAL LODGES

Volume 2, Article 5

PLAINS APACHE TIPIS: RESIDENTIAL AND CEREMONIAL LODGES
By: Michelle Stokely
ABSTRACT
For many Americans, tipis symbolize the nomadic Native American culture and lifestyle. This understanding has been so extensively advanced by paintings, advertising, films, and television that tipis have come to be associated with Native American groups in almost all geographical regions. Tipis were, however, an integral part of residential and ceremonial life in the Great Plains where both construction and use were closely tied to indigenous social organization, politics, war, and spirituality. Among the Kiowa and Plains Apache, residents of the Southern Plains, some tipi covers were painted to reflect war deeds or spiritual blessings. This paper examines the construction, decoration, ownership, and destruction of historic Plains Apache tipis, as well as modern uses of the iconic structures.

Trans-Rio Bravo/Rio Grande International Research Collaboration Symposium and Panel Discussion at the 2015 Texas Archeological Society 86th Annual Meeting

TRANS-RIO BRAVO/RIO GRANDE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH COLLABORATION SYMPOSIUM and PANEL DISCUSSION

2015 Texas Archeological Society 86th Annual Meeting                 Omni Westside Hotel, Houston Texas, October 24, 2015         Organized and sponsored by the Journal of Texas Archeology and History.org

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Greetings! The Journal of Texas Archeology and History.org is pleased to organize and sponsor the “Trans-Rio Bravo/Rio Grande International Research Collaboration Symposium and Panel Discussion”. The symposium is designed to explore the dearth of archeological research collaboration between two seemingly isolated groups of researchers who are geographically separated only by a thin channel of water that happens to be an international border. There is precious little direct involvement between researchers in Mexico and Texas. This is astounding considering we share a border that is 1,254 miles long!

We hope this event will promote goodwill between the two isolated groups of researchers: Texans and Mexicans. Four guest researchers have been invited to travel from their homes and work in Mexico to participate in this symposium and to engage with us during the TAS Annual Meeting.

Arguably, there is a critical lack of cooperation and collaboration between researchers in Texas and Mexico who are studying archeology and history of the region. Our objectives are threefold: to create a starting point for discussion of the subject; to act as a spring-board toward greater and more meaningful research collaboration in the future; and to open new channels of communication between the two groups.

Through this symposium and panel discussion, we propose to: Facilitate a dialogue regarding issues challenging current and future archeological research collaboration with perspectives presented by participants from both sides of the international border; and to throw a spotlight on recent archeological research along the international boundary region shared by Texas and Mexico where there has either been benefit from successful collaboration or where a project could be enhanced by “trans-Rio Bravo collaboration”. Our goals are to: promote an open dialogue between to two isolated groups of researchers; to hold a discussion of the limiting factors in open forum; to explore ways to address or overcome the hurdles faced by modern researchers of archeology in the region; and to promote future collaborative efforts.

The Panel Discussion will follow the final paper and will cover topics relevant to collaboration between researchers across the international boundary line between Texas and Mexico. These topics

may include, but are not limited to: language barrier, logistics, safety, publication, funding, access, travel, information sharing, communications, politics, etc.

Discussion will be co-directed by Dr. Todd Ahlman, Director of CAS and Sr. Gustavo Ramirez Castilla, Tamaulipas State Archeologist for INAH. Discussants will include: Tom Hester, Moises Valadez, Victoria L. Munoz, Breen Murray, Mary Jo Galindo and Martin Salinas. Dr. Jean Clottes will be included if he is available for the discussion. A generous grant from the Summerlee Foundation has made this symposium possible.

SCHEDULE:

SATURDAY, October 24, 2015

1:30 PM – 3:55 PM   PAPER PRESENTATIONS

1:30 PM – 1:50 PM THOMAS R. HESTER – 50 Years Along the Rio Grande: Reflections on a Variety of Archaeological Research Projects on the Border.”

1:55 PM – 2:15 PM    EMILIANO GALLAGA MURRIETA – “Escuela de Antropología e Historia del Norte de México (EAHNM): a Powerful Ally”

2:20 PM – 2:40 PM    VICTORIA L. MUNOZ – “¿Dónde está la frontera?” 

2:45 PM – 3:05 PM    WILLIAM BREEN MURRAY – “Connections: Rock Art Across the River of Two Names”

3:10 PM – 3:30 PM    MARY JO GALINDO – “Con un pie en cada lado: Nuevo Santander Ranching Communities”

3:35 PM – 3:55 PM   MARTIN SALINAS RIVERA – “Archival Resources for Ethnohistorical Studies of northeastern Mexico and Texas”

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM   PANEL DISCUSSION

            An outstanding panel of researchers working along both sides of the Rio Bravo/Rio Grande will assemble to explore the challenges and prospects of archeological research along our 1,254 mile international border.

CO-MODERATORS:     Dr. Todd M. Ahlman and Sr. Gustavo Ramirez Castilla

PANELISTS:           Dr. Thomas R. Hester

Dr. Moises Valadez Moreno

Victoria L. Munoz

Dr. William Breen Murray

Dr. Mary Jo Galindo

Dr. Martin Salinas Rivera

SPECIAL PANELIST:     Dr. Jean Clottes

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM   PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION

After the panel discussion, the panelists will join the “President’s Reception” in the hotel lobby where our guest discussants and co-moderator from Mexico will be honored. They will be available to take your questions and continue the discussion.

2015 T.A.S. BOOK FESTIVAL – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Saturday, October 24th @ 4:00 PM – 4:50 PM                                       MYRIAM ARCANGELI                                                                                    Omni Westside Hotel, Houston Texas (open to the public)

“Sherds of History: Domestic Life in Colonial Guadeloupe”

Myriam Arcangeli

Book10pic1Ceramics serve as one of the best-known artifacts excavated by archaeologists. They are carefully described, classified, and dated, but rarely do scholars consider their many and varied uses. Breaking from this convention, Myriam Arcangeli examines potsherds from four colonial sites in the Antillean island of Guadeloupe to discover what these everyday items tell us about the people who used them. In the process, she reveals a wealth of information about the lives of the elite planters, the middle and lower classes, and enslaved Africans.

By analyzing how the people of Guadeloupe used ceramics–whether jugs for transporting and purifying water, pots for cooking, or pearlware for eating–Arcangeli spotlights the larger social history of Creole life. What emerges is a detail rich picture of water consumption habits, changing foodways, and concepts of health. Sherds of History offers a compelling and novel study of the material record and the “ceramic culture” it represents to broaden our understanding of race, class, and gender in French-colonial societies in the Caribbean and the United States.

Arcangeli’s innovative interpretation of the material record will challenge the ways archaeologists analyze ceramics.

Book10pic2Myriam Arcangeli recently earned her doctorate in historical archaeology from Boston University. Her research on colonial-era ceramics in Guadeloupe–the basis for this book–explored the history of Creole culture and proposed a novel and original approach for analyzing and interpreting ceramics. Myriam has been interested in ceramics since the beginning of her career, and her first research projects examined the history of local potteries near Toulouse, in southwestern France. Intrigued by the colonial period, she then left for the United States, where she discovered American archaeology while excavating at Mount Vernon, the plantation home of George Washington. Currently, she is working on publishing her research in both French and English journals, and contributed to the forthcoming The Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia, edited by Mary C. Beaudry and Karen B. Metheny.

Publisher: University Press of Florida, 2/3/2015, ISBN: 978-0-8130-6042-2
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2015 T.A.S. BOOK FESTIVAL – AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Saturday, October 24th @ 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM                                        WES & JACE TUNNELL                                                                                      Omni Westside Hotel, Houston Texas (open to the public)

“Pioneering Archaeology in the Texas Coastal Bend: The Pape-Tunnell Collection”

John W. Tunnell Jr. and Jace W. Tunnell

Book9pic1With a foreword by Thomas R. Hester and contributions from Harold F. Pape, John W. Tunnell Sr., and Thomas R. Hester

When Harold F. Pape moved to Gregory, Texas, in 1927, he quickly became fascinated by the wealth of Native American artifacts along the nearby shoreline of Corpus Christi Bay and what is now called Port Bay, a southern arm of the larger Copano Bay. A lifelong natural history enthusiast and collector, Pape met and married Lucile H. Tunnell, a widow with three young sons. Before long, John W. Tunnell, Lucile’s oldest son, was accompanying Pape on his field studies in surrounding areas and the wider Texas Coastal Bend.

Working in the days before much of the development that now covers the region, Pape and Tunnell studied more than two hundred sites throughout the Coastal Bend, making meticulous logs, maps, and notes of their discoveries.

John W. (Wes) Tunnell Jr. and Jace Tunnell have organized and documented their family collection and present it, along with brief biographies of the two collectors, as a survey of the state of knowledge in the late 1920s and 1930s, as well as a tribute to these two important early researchers and their body of work.

Book9pic2JOHN W. (WES) TUNNELL JR. is associate director and endowed chair of biodiversity and conservation science at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and regents’ professor, Fulbright scholar, and Professor Emeritus of biology at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi.

Book9pic3JACE W. TUNNELL, formerly director of research and planning at the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, is the director of the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve, where he oversees research, environmental monitoring, and educational outreach.

Publisher:  Texas A&M University Press, 5/5/15, ISBN:  978-1-62349-274-8
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