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Increasingly fragile messages from the past…
EVENT: Paso por aquí with Lasers: LIDAR Documentation at El Morro National Monument
DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Casa Vicente, 375 S. Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ.
ADMISSION: Free and open to the community—all are welcome. Seating is open and unreserved. Guests are encouraged to support our host, Casa Vicente, by buying their own food and drinks.
The Center for Desert Archaeology and Casa Vicente invite all to the third season of Archaeology Café, a casual, happy hour-style discussion forum dedicated to promoting community engagement with cultural and scientific research. Our 2010–2011 season is made possible, in part, by the Arizona Humanities Council.
On Tuesday, April 5, 2011, Archaeology Café moderator Dr. Douglas Gann will step up to the mic and share the ways that LIDAR is being used to document the incredible inscriptions at El Morro National Monument. The Center for Desert Archaeology has partnered with the National Park Service in a multi-year study to examine the effectiveness of digital laser scanning (also known as LIDAR scanning) of stone inscriptions at El Morro National Monument. By examining possible micro-scale changes in the topography of carved stone messages left on Inscription Rock, the Center and the Monument hope to evaluate past conservation treatments, gauge possible erosion or other forms of weathering, and provide digital documentation for future research. The inscriptions in the study were carved by some of the southwest’s more notable and even infamous historical persons, including Juan de Oñate, Don Diego de Vargas, Lorenzo Sitgreaves, and Samuel Breckenridge.
Come settle in with a drink and a plate of delicious tapas at downtown Tucson’s own Casa Vicente. We meet the first Tuesday of each month from September through May at 6:00 p.m.; presentations begin at 6:15 p.m. Seating is open on a first-come, first-served basis—be ready to make new acquaintances! Our forum opens with a brief, informal presentation on a timely or even controversial topic, followed by a question and answer period and a short break. Our moderator then commences spirited but focused discussion.
More information on the international science café movement that inspired us to host Archaeology Café is available at www.sciencecafes.org.
If you have questions or wish to discuss disability accommodations, contact Kate Sarther Gann.
ABOUT DOUGLAS GANN
Center Preservation Archaeologist and Digital Media Specialist Doug Gann is profiled here.
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