Dr. Selden en route to Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)

This week, my 3D scanner and I will leave the United States, and head south to Brazil. I am one small part of a much larger research team that will be investigating topics ranging from archaeology to social work. While I’m traversing customs (and the Atlantic), I invite you to learn a little about Salvador da Bahia.



Salvador da Bahia is the largest city on the northeast coast of Brazil (population = 2,676,606), was the first colonial capital of Brazil, and is the third-largest city in Brazil (after São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro).

Salvador is a coastal city, lies at the end of a large peninsula, and is a major export port. Historically, Salvador was also a  port of entry for slaves.


In addition to its’ rich history, Salvador is also one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup, which will be held at the newly-constructed Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova.


While in Brazil, my research will be focused upon prehistoric Brazilian ceramics and elements of the African diaspora, and I will also be sharing photos and discussions of the local culture as I experience it.


Written by zselden

My research is focused at the confluence of archaeology, engineering, computer science, and the humanities. I am particularly interested in the application of 3D technologies to archaeological problems, geometric morphometrics, network analyses, archaeological theory, and archaeological science.