The Laboratory for Integrative Archaeological Visualization and Heritage (LIAVH) makes connections between technology, archaeological data management, and heritage practice. We utilize non-invasive forms of data collection in order to develop data visualization tools that enable spatial and temporal research. In other words, LIAVH creates and optimizes tools to connect multidimensional archaeological information to 4-D models. LIAVH aims to utilize the contemporary data analytics methods to reveal archaeological information/narratives.


Current technology allows for cataloging of the state of historical sites and recreation and reconstruction of what sites originally looked like in three dimensions. However, there is not a platform that effectively allows researchers to study change over time in multiple strata by connecting historical temporal data to these detailed site models. In other words, instead of being simply an image of a ruin, this interactive tool enables researchers, for example, to understand the historical cultures from an urban planning perspective by analyzing change at the neighborhood level.


The extensive archaeological features, including architecture, infrastructure, and topography, make MohenjoDaro a perfect case study for this sort of neighborhood analysis. A core research question of this project hinges on these forms of data: Is there a way by which we might plot data points (such as architecture, infrastructure, and artifacts) at different stratigraphic levels? By doing so, we can visualize and study urban planning at different time periods at the site in order to provide additional information about governance and the daily lives of the residents of Mohenjo-Daro. The extent and variety of archeological features found in Mohenjo-Daro, make it a perfect case study for the developed analytical methodologies to be scaled and applied to other urban sites around the world. 


Data Collection and Management

3D Model Creation using non-invasive technologies

Integrate Time Component for 4D Model

Link Archaeological Data to the 4D Model

Create Software to Visualize Data on the Model

Research and Neighborhood Analysis



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