The Ancient Southwest Texas Project (part of the Anthropology Department at Texas State University) spent this past spring excavating several sites in Eagle Nest Canyon, located in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of southwest Texas. One of the sites we worked at was Skiles Shelter. This animations shows what Skiles Shelter looked like prior to any excavations. This is the first draft of this animation, and we plan on adding the 3D models of our excavation units in the future.
The main shelter was modeled from 2500 photos taken with a hand-held DSLR, and the talus was modeled from 300 photos taken with 2 Canon point-and-shoot cameras mounted on the end of a pole. The reason the lighting changes from inside the shelter to outside the shelter is because the 2 data-sets were collected at different times, and the sun was shining brightly when the talus was photographed. The 3 "strips" extending downward from the main shelter are "senderos" on the talus of the site. The talus was heavily vegetated, so in order to map the site (and be able to calculate the volume of FCR on the talus) we decided to clear 3 senderos and leave the vegetation cover on the rest of the talus. The blank spaces between the senderos are where brush was left in place and we did not photograph the surface.
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