Historical Archaeology

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 197–210 | Cite as

The Virtual Fort Ross Project: Architectural Reconstruction of Settlement Ross, Sonoma County, California

  • Alexander V. Molodin
  • Glenn J. Farris
  • David W. Rickman
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Abstract

Historical archaeologists like to apply their findings based on a combination of their excavation results and documentary research to reconstruct, at least in their mind’s eye, or preferably in the form of a drawing, structures that once existed. Although in some cases there are the financial resources available to reconstruct these buildings, it is rare that more than a very few can actually be brought back to life. Thanks to the wonders of digital imagery, it is now possible to formulate a whole landscape permitting a visitor to enter into this reimagined scene. This is best achieved by a close collaboration of historical archaeology and documentary research.

Keywords

Fort Ross State Historic Park, CA 3-D visualization virtual landscape reconstruction Russian American Company 

Extracto

A los arqueólogos históricos les gusta aplicar sus hallazgos basándose en una combinación de los resultados de su excavación e investigación documental para reconstruir, al menos a los ojos de su mente, o preferiblemente en la forma de un dibujo, estructuras que una vez existieron. Aunque en algunos casos haya recursos financieros disponibles para reconstruir estos edificios, es raro que más de unos pocos puedan realmente volver a la vida. Gracias a las maravillas de la imagen digital, ahora es posible formular un panorama completo que permite a un visitante entrar en la escena reimaginada. Esto se logra mejor mediante una estrecha colaboración de la arqueología histórica y la investigación documental.

Résumé

Les archéologues historiques aiment appliquer leurs découvertes en combinant les résultats de leurs fouilles et leurs recherches documentaires pour reconstruire, du moins dans leur esprit ou de préférence sous la forme d’un dessin, des structures qui existaient autrefois. Bien que, dans certains cas, il existe des moyens financiers pour reconstruire ces bâtiments, il est rare qu’un nombre très limité d’entre eux puissent être remis en état. Grâce aux merveilles de l’imagerie numérique, il est désormais possible de créer un paysage entier qui permette à un visiteur d’entrer dans cette scène réinventée. Ceci est réalisé grâce à une étroite collaboration entre l’archéologie historique et la recherche documentaire.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander V. Molodin
    • 1
  • Glenn J. Farris
    • 2
  • David W. Rickman
    • 3
  1. 1.Novosibirsk State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering (SIBSTRIN)NovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.University of California Archaeological Research Facility, BerkeleyDavisU.S.A.
  3. 3.WilmingtonU.S.A.

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