3D/2D Documentation of Caddo NAGPRA Vessels at TPWD

I was recently afforded the opportunity to document (3D/2D) a variety of Caddo NAGPRA vessels in the archaeological collections of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. These vessels had previously been documented, but I wanted to add them to our growing (aggregate) collection of 3D scan data that will soon be downloadable in our digital repository.

This is the second post in a series that is related to this venture. I hope that you enjoy getting to view these vessels, and we are looking forward to beginning our analysis of the scans in the near future.

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Along with our 3D documentation effort, we also took several high-resolution digital photographs of each vessel.

Per our standing agreement with the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, we do not include the texture (color) file in any of the publicly available scans for any artifact that articulates with human remains. We look forward to sharing these valuable pieces of cultural history over the coming few weeks

Many thanks to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma for the necessary permissions to document the NAGPRA artifacts.

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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.