Vol. 25 No. 1 (2017): Architettura e urbanistica Maya – Special Issue

Strumenti e metodi per la documentazione digitale degli scavi archeologici: La Blanca (Petén - Guatemala)

Alessandro Merlo
Università degli Studi di Firenze
Andrea Aliperta
Università degli Studi di Firenze
Riccardo Montuori
Università degli Studi di Firenze

Published 2017-11-22


  • Digital Survey,
  • Mayan Architecture,
  • La Blanca,
  • Chilonché,
  • Cultural Heritage Documentation

How to Cite

Merlo, A., Aliperta, A., & Montuori, R. (2017). Strumenti e metodi per la documentazione digitale degli scavi archeologici: La Blanca (Petén - Guatemala). Restauro Archeologico, 25(1), 26–47. https://doi.org/10.13128/RA-20525


In the context of the Mayan architectural heritage documentation, the use of devices, that make extensive use of electronics and informatics, has for several years supported traditional survey methods. Thanks to discontinuous 3D models that are obtained by employing digital techniques and instruments, the description of an object is no longer relegated to just the conventional systems of representation, that, while remaining the irreplaceable drawings to exhaustively describe an artefact, can be accompanied with profit with other "products" that the world of computer graphics and reverse engineering allow, nowadays, to create. The most evident results are found, for example, in the dissemination of research results, with irrefutable and effective impact on the intelligibility of the analysis carried out, as well as on morphological, material and perceptual aspects of the artefacts. The paper illustrates the results of survey campaigns and operations of data restitution, that have been realized, between 2015 and 2016, in the sites of La Blanca and El Chilonché (Departamento de Petén, Guatemala) by the research group of DIDA committed to "Proyecto La Blanca


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