Spruce Tree House - Mesa Verde National Park, United States of America

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Project NameSpruce Tree House - Mesa Verde National Park
CountryUnited States of America
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Data Types

Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial0.28804 GBLeica SS1 Time of Flight Scanner
Site DescriptionSpruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park, was constructed between A.D. 1211 and 1278 by the ancestors of the Pueblo peoples of the Southwest. The dwelling contains about 130 rooms and 8 kivas, or ceremonial chambers, built into a natural alcove measuring 216 feet (66 meters) at greatest width and 89 feet (27 meters) at its greatest depth. It is thought to have been home for about 60 to 80 people. The cliff dwelling was first discovered in 1888, when two local ranchers chanced upon it while searching for stray cattle. A large tree, which they identified as a Douglas Spruce (later called Douglas Fir), was found growing from the front of the dwelling to the mesa top. It is said that the men first entered the dwelling by climbing down this tree, which was later cut down by another early explorer.
Project DescriptionIn June 2005 Texas Tech University, the University of California at Berkeley, CyArk, and INSIGHT Digital undertook a research project in collaboration with the National Park Service to better understand how digital documentation could assist conservation activities at Mesa Verde National Park. Several archaeological sites at the park were documented as well as several artifacts housed in the site museum to demonstrate the advantages and capabilities of high definition survey and documentation. The project was funded by the Kacyra Family Foundation.
Collection Date0000-00-00 to 0000-00-00
Publication Date2020-06-22
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
CollectorsCyArk , Texas Tech University , University of California at Berkeley , INSIGHT
Site AuthorityNational Park Service
2020: Spruce Tree House - Mesa Verde National Park - LiDAR - Terrestrial . Collected by CyArk , Texas Tech University , University of California at Berkeley , INSIGHT . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D. https://doi.org/10.26301/5vwp-yh91

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