Rebuilding an Acanthus Column in Delphi

Jean-Luc Martinez, an archaeologist with the Musée du Louvre, asked the INSIGHT team to help document and reconstruct a fragmentary column from the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece.  The goal of the reconstruction was to validate Martinez' hypothesis that the Omphalos (a well-known sculpture meant to mark the 'center' of the Hellenic world) once rested atop the dancers' column.  As the column is now in pieces, the INSIGHT team was faced with the monumental task of capturing dozens of individual fragments while maintaining exceptionally high detail in the resulting data.



Tall Tripod Photography at Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde, a US National Park known by its Spanish name meaning 'green table', comprises more than 4,000 archaeological sites built by the Ancestral Pueblo people.  The park contains more than 600 cliff dwellings, the best-preserved structures of their type in the United States.  Mesa Verde Park Superintendent Larry Wiese notes that, of the 600 cliff dwellings, only 135 have received any archaeological documentation in the 100 years since the park's founding.

INSIGHT was invited to join a case study pilot project at Spruce Tree House by CyArk, a nonprofit project of the Kacyra Family Foundation (a 501c3 charitable trust) with the mission of preserving World Heritage Sites through collecting, archiving and providing open access to data created by laser scanning, digital modeling, and other state-of-the-art technologies.


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The Smithsonian Museum's work in 3D Digitization. INSIGHT Board member Kelly Roberson brought the Smithsonian's recent 3D work to our attention, including publicly accessible data for 3D printing similar to INSIGHT's Maya Skies Archive (  To read more about the Smithsonian's plans, please see this news story:


Current Questions in Authenticity. This day-long symposium at UC Berkeley will be held February 3, 2012, as is open to the public.  Several people on the INSIGHT team will be participating.  The event is free and open to the public; RSVP to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


INSIGHT's Kevin Cain is serving on the International Scientific Committee for VAST 2011. The International Symposium of Virtual Reality, Archaeology and Culture Heritage (VAST) conference will be held October 18-21, 2011, in Prato, Tuscany, Italy.  Kevin previously co-chaired VAST 2004, gave the keynote for VAST 2003 and has presented papers in other years.

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INSIGHT works to document and visualize the human record.

For cultural heritage specialists, INSIGHT acts as a bridge between the disciplines of archaeology, art history, computer graphics, and computer vision.  For the general public, INSIGHT fosters interest in archaeology through the lively digital media we create.