Drs.  Lori Collins and Travis Doering of the University of South Florida have been working for the past few years to help document the history of Guatemala.

The people of the Mayan civilization that occupied the country from 2000 B.C. until 1500 A.D. left behind a vast number of artifacts and monuments with detailed stone carvings.  Historically, Archaeologists used hand drawings and photographs of each work to study and share with colleages.

The introduction of 3D scanning allows for a highly accurate 3D representation of the subject to be stored digitally, and instantly shared with anyone, anywhere in the world.  Far superior to 2D sketches and photos, 3D digital models can be magified, rotated, and subjected to different light sources to help highlight details that may not ordinarily be visible.  This allows for a greater understanding of each piece, and its significance to the people of the time.

Read more about this subjet in USF’s magazine:  http://usfweb2.usf.edu/university-communications-and-marketing/marketing/USF-Magazine/2009/fall.html

To learn more about 3D scanning, please visit:  www.3dscanningservices.net