Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Visualizing Votive Practice: Exploring Limestone and Terracotta Sculpture from Athienou-Malloura through 3D Models

Derek B. Counts, Erin Walcek Averett, Kevin Garstki, and Michael Toumazou

Visualizing Votive Practice is an innovative, open-access, digital monograph that explores the limestone and terracotta sculptures excavated from a rural sanctuary at the site of Athienou-Malloura (Cyprus) by the Athienou Archaeological Project. Chapters on the archaeology of the site, the historiography of Cypriot sculpture, and perspectives on archaeological visualization provide context for the catalogue of 50 representative examples of votive sculpture from the sanctuary. The catalogue not only includes formal and contextual information for each object, but also embeds 3D models directly onto the page. Readers can not only view, but also manipulate, measure, zoom, and rotate each model. Additionally, links at the bottom of each entry unleash high-resolution models with accompanying metadata on the Open Context archaeological data publishing platform and on via the Sketchfab 3D viewing platform as well. This innovative monograph is aimed at a variety of audiences, from Mediterranean archaeologists and students  to specialists interested in 3D visualization techniques.

* This book is best viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download for free here.

About the Authors
Derek B. Counts is Professor and Chair of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Associate Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project.

Erin Walcek Averett is Associate Professor of Art History and Classical & Near Eastern Studies at Creighton University and Assistant Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project.

Kevin Garstki is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Global Religions, and Cultures at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Michael K. Toumazou is Professor of Classics at Davidson College and Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project.

With contributions from:

Clay M. Cofer is an Assistant Director of the Athienou Archaeological Project.

Katherine A. P. Iselin holds a PhD in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Missouri, where she teaches in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.


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