Mesa Verde National Park- Balcony House, United States of America

General Attributes
Project NameMesa Verde National Park- Balcony House
CountryUnited States of America
Spatial DataDownload (Links to all available data types will be emailed)
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Data Types

Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial22.38 GBZ+F 5010C Phase Based Laser Scanner
Photogrammetry9.72 GBCanon EOS 5D SR , Nikon D810 , Canon EOS 6D DSLR , DSLR , DSLR
Site DescriptionMesa Verde National Park's archaeological sites spans over 700 years of Native American history from 600 - 1300 CE. The renowned cliff dwellings, the height of the Puebloans' architecture, include more than 600 alcove sites. Balcony House overlooks Soda Canyon, about 700 feet above the narrow and rugged canyon. The canyon provided a number of important resources used in the everyday lives of the Ancestral Puebloan people. The site contains numerous buildings comprised of 40 rooms, and gets its name from its well preserved balcony. Balconies were common in the cliff dwellings, although only a few have survived to this day. There were not only access points into the second story of the buildings but also spaces used for work or drying food. A common feature in ancestral pueblo sites are kivas, also found at the Balcony house. These were circular subterranean structures that were used for both religious rituals and political meetings. While larger kivas were likely the social center for the whole community, smaller ones were the ritual and social center for specific families.
Project DescriptionCyArk documented Balcony House at Mesa Verde National Park over two days in February 2017 using LiDAR and terrestrial photogrammetry. The two technologies were combined to generate a textured 3D model of the site which was then sliced to generate drawings. CyArk was able to document the site in a short amount of time and undertook this expedition as research and development to understand the resolution possible given a limited amount of time. A final report as well as all of the architectural drawings were provided to the park at the completion of the project.
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Collection Date2017-02-22 to 2017-02-25
Publication Date2018-04-16
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
Site AuthorityNational Park Service
CyArk 2018: Mesa Verde National Park- Balcony House - LiDAR - Terrestrial , Photogrammetry . Collected by CyArk . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D.

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