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3-D-printed reconstructions provide clues to ancient site

3-D-printed reconstructions provide clues to ancient site

Written by David

December 13, 2018

3D printed model of the ancient site of Tiwanaku. Credit: Dr Alexei Vranich, 2018 Researchers at UC Berkeley, USA, created accurate, 3-D-printed miniature models of architectural fragments to reconstruct the Pumapunku building in the Tiwanaku site. Considered to be an architectural wonder of its time (AD 500-950), Pumapunku has been ransacked over the last 500 years to a point where none of the remaining 150 blocks that comprised the original building remain in their original place. Dr. Alexei Vranich, the corresponding author said: “A major challenge here is that the majority of the stones of Pumapunku are too large to move and that field notes from previous research by others present us with complex and cumbersome data that is difficult to visualize. The intent of our project was to translate that data into something that both our hands and our minds could grasp. Printing miniature 3-D models of the […]


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