3D Morphometrics – Adding Ceramics from the Washington Square Mound Site

As we continue to gear up for our study of 3D morphometrics that will include vessels from the Vanderpool and Washington Square Mound sites, as well as the Ellis, McSpadden, Middlebrook and Turner Collections, we have added the ceramic data from the Washington Square Mound site (see our method of applying landmark/semi-landmark points using Design X here). After last week, we changed the naming protocol since a few of the vessel names from the various private collections were redundant (B1V1, B2V2, etc.). This had caused some minor problems, but those issues have since been resolved.

EMVW_SuperimposedProcrustesCoordsSuperimposed Procrustes coordinates.

In the current iteration, various clusters of vessels are beginning to take shape. We still have some work ahead of us as we continue to scan and prepare models from the Turner Collection that will be added in the coming few months. The incorporation of data from the Turner Collection will mark an important milestone in this study, and we are grateful to have the support of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training as we continue our work aimed at characterizing the variation that occurs in Caddo ceramic vessel morphology.

Preliminary morphometric results from the Ellis and Middlebrook Collections, and the Vanderpool and Washington Square Mound sites – based only on Procrustes coords.

Many thanks to everyone for their comments and constructive criticisms along the way!


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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.