CRHR Visits TARL (Part 2)

The post-processing of 3D models from the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory (TARL) (click here to see the previous post) was interrupted when we upgraded our 3D software, and we have one (fairly remarkable) final model to show you from that pilot effort. These 3D models of Caddo NAGPRA vessels will be used in a number of grant proposals aimed at documenting the vessel collections at TARL, and making the 3D models available to a global audience as part of a much larger digitally-aggregated comparative collection. They will also be used to further our exploration of the 3D morphometrics of Caddo ceramics.


Having these important cultural artifacts available as 3D models will allow them to contribute to evolving research questions that may arise as our understanding of Caddo ceramic technological organization continues to grow. Importantly, it does not limit investigator access to those data collected in the course of previous analyses. This effectively allows anyone with Meshlab (free 3D software) to collect their own data from these 3D models–including those that were previously studied–in ways that are tailored to the investigator’s interests and research questions.



As with all of our scans from Caddo NAGPRA/burial contexts, the texture (color) file has been removed as mandated by the Caddo Nation. We thank the Caddo Nation and TARL for their support of our proposal and access to these important collections of ceramics.


Written by zselden

Selden (PhD, Texas A&M University, 2013) is a US Marine Corps veteran, cyclist, kayaker, backpacker, hiker, climber, fisherman and general all-around outdoor enthusiast. His research is focused at the confluence of archaeological methods and digital technology, and he is particularly interested in the application of 3D technologies to archaeological problems, geometric morphometrics, network analyses, predictive modeling, archaeological theory, and archaeological science.