A Yacata Gif

Posted on 23. Apr, 2013 by Christopher Fisher in LORE-LPB, LiDAR, Michoacán, News, Pátzcuaro Archaeology, Uncategorized, archaeology

A Yacata Gif

Working on new ways of presenting the LiDAR data – here is a yacata .gif.  It may take a minute to load – possibly was a bit ambitious with the file size.

Excavating a Purépecha Community Building – Casa 5128

Posted on 22. Mar, 2013 by Christopher Fisher in LORE-LPB, LiDAR, Michoacán, Pátzcuaro Archaeology, archaeology

Excavating a Purépecha Community Building – Casa 5128

Casa 5128 – a Purépecha public building

Casa 5128 prior to clearing and excavation

Excavation is proceeding well at Casa 5128 – one of two areas currently under excavation.  5128 represents a large building that dominates a small neighborhood of residential and public architecture near one of the largest pyramid complexes at the ancient city.

Casa 5128 during initial clearing

Casa 5128 is constructed on a large platform of stone and rubble that served to flatten a small hill that forms one end of the complex.  On top of this platform walls were constructed of uncut stacked stone with simple clay mortar.  We started excavation by systematically clearing rubble and debris to expose the original exterior and interior.  This also fully exposed the interior areas of the house so that they could be excavated.  At the close of the excavation season the walls and platform of the house will be stabilized and reburied.

Excavating through rubble and wallfall at Casa 5128

Exposing the first floor, Casa 5128

Excavation within the house interior shows a clear sequence of debris on top of a Late Postclassic floor (A.D. 1350-1520), with a second possible floor below containing a mixed Early-Middle Postclassic assemblage (A.D. 1000-1350).  This is followed by fill and debris that form the platform itself.

Clearing debris to expose the first floor, casa 5128

Excavating floor 1, casa 5128

Excavating floor 1, casa 5128

As of today (03/21/2013) we have fully excavated the interior of the house and exposed the platform at the base of the floor-area.  Now the hard part, mapping, drawing profiles, and making sure everything is fully documented prior to consolidation and reburial.

Exposing the platform at the base of casa 5128

Platform at the base of casa 5128 after excavation

Second view of the platform after excavation, casa 5128

Excavation has begun

Posted on 02. Mar, 2013 by Christopher Fisher in LORE-LPB, LiDAR, Michoacán, Pátzcuaro Archaeology

Excavation has begun

We have begun excavation at two locations within some of the Late and Middle Postclassic areas of occupation at Angamuco.  Here is a video of some of the first days of excavation at Casa 5128 – a large public building that dominates one cluster of residential and other architecture below the largest platform and associated pyramid at the site.  Music  – Chucho Valdez

One Day of Excavation at Angamuco

LiDAR shines a light on hidden sites – Angamuco mentioned

Posted on 09. Sep, 2012 by Christopher Fisher in LORE-LPB, LiDAR, Michoacán, News

LiDAR shines a light on hidden sites – Angamuco mentioned

A recent post by Curt Hopkins mentions the LORE-LPB work on the online BBC Futures section.

Click here to see the article ” LiDAR Shines a Light on Hidden sites.”

New paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Posted on 16. Jul, 2012 by Christopher Fisher in LORE-LPB, LiDAR, Michoacán, News, Publications

New paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

We have a new paper out arguing for a scientific revolution associated with the advent of high-resolution 3d spatial technologies, please enjoy.

Click here for the PNAS early edition

Chris

Excellent post on LiDAR at Scientific American

Posted on 14. Mar, 2012 by Christopher Fisher in LiDAR, Michoacán, News, Pátzcuaro Archaeology, archaeology

Excellent post on LiDAR at Scientific American

New post from ARS Technica on the LiDAR mapping at Angamuco

Posted on 11. Mar, 2012 by Christopher Fisher in LORE-LPB, LiDAR, Michoacán, NASA, Uncategorized

New post from ARS Technica on the LiDAR mapping at Angamuco

Thanks much to Curt Hopkins for writing about the project at ARS Technica!!

Indiana Jones goes geek