Monte Alban - System IV, Mexico

General Attributes
Project NameMonte Alban - System IV
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Data Types

Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial4.61 GBLeica HDS6000 , Leica 3000 Phase Based Laser Scanner , Time of Flight Scanner
Site DescriptionWhile people no longer live among the structures at Monte Alban, the city, constructed around 800 BCE, remained one of the largest Mesoamerican cities for over twelve centuries, functioning as the capital for the Zapotec people. The Zapotecs built the city into the ground, leveling off the city's massive platform base, strategically placed 2000 meters above sea level in the central valleys of Oaxaca. Beginning as a centralized space for the Zapotec community, the city grew significantly over time, wielding influence over communities in surrounding regions. Observation of the lines and layout of pyramids, terraces, and platforms illuminate the meticulous architectural planning of the city. From the central platform of Monte Alban, the remarkable view of the surrounding valley and night sky above provides a glimpse into what life was like for people living in the Oaxaca Valley over a thousand years ago.
Project DescriptionIn October 2008, CyArk, Leica-Geosystems, and SYSTOP travelled to Monte Alban in the Mexican region of Oaxaca to digitally record and archive major archaeological features at the site. Heritage managers at Monte Alban have faced numerous challenges in the preservation of the site including damage from earthquakes and erosion from visitor foot-traffic. The System IV structure was selected for digital preservation due to its exemplary features of the structural patterns found at the site, including a sunken courtyard and underground tunnels.
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Collection Date2008-10-07 to 2008-10-12
Publication Date2019-04-18
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
CollectorsCyArk , Leica Geosystems
Site AuthorityInstituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia
CyArk 2019: Monte Alban - System IV - LiDAR - Terrestrial . Collected by CyArk , Leica Geosystems . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D.

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