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Rosslyn Chapel Educational Content Now Available
By: Katia Chaterji

With the new school year just around the corner, CyArk is excited to announce the release of new lesson plans and online activities for teachers and students, bringing the mysteries of the past to the ..

Speaker Preview: CyArk 500 Annual Summit
By: Devon Haynes

We are eagerly anticipating this year's CyArk 500 Annual Summit, which will be held October 7-8 at the U.S. National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. The conference theme for this year is "Democra..

Justin Barton to chair Technology Center Board
By: Elizabeth Lee

During his nearly 10 years at CyArk, Justin Barton has been instrumental in building the CyArk Technology Center and training programs. This August Justin will begin a new chapter as part of the HDS (..

American Students Help Preserve Italian Heritage
By: Lara Barnes

Guest blogger: Lara Barnes is studying architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and is planning to graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture in June of 2015. She recently returned from studying abroad in Flore..

CyArk Engages GoUNESCO Campus Ambassadors
By: Katia Chaterji

How many UNESCO World Heritage Sites have you visited in your lifetime? For many, answering this question would be fairly straightforward – heritage sites are often inextinguishable in memory. But..

'Celebrating John Muir in the digital age': Launch of Dunbar Project
By: Adam Frost

Yesterday marked the launch of the transatlantic project ‘Celebrating John Muir in the digital age’ in Dunbar, Scotland, with the unveiling of the project’s interactive digital content and an int..

CyArk at TEDxWellesleyCollege
By: Makenna Murray

Guest blogger: Makenna Murray interned with CyArk during the summer of 2013 and recently finished her final year at Wellesley College studying History and Art History. She is planning to go to get her..

U.S. Heritage Endangered by Climate Change

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists warns that some of the most iconic sites of American history are at risk from the effects of climate change. The United Nations’ 2013 Intergovernm..

El Camino Real Lesson Plans Go Live
By: Katia Chaterji

With the generous support of IBM, CyArk is pleased to announce the completion of three lesson plans inspired by the El Camino Real de California digital preservation project. All three lesson plans are..

Help with the 3D Preservation of a National Treasure
Support our Kickstarter to digitally preserve the 1964 World's Fair NY State Pavilion
By: Justin Barton

CyArk has launched its first Kickstarter project for the 3D digital preservation of the 1964-65 World's Fair New York State Pavilion's Tent of Tomorrow and Astro-Towers. For those of you unfamiliar wi..

John Muir Celebration Reunites Scottish, U.S. Partners in Heritage Preservation
By: Elizabeth Lee

The digital preservation of famed naturalist John Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar, Scotland and his family home in Martinez, California continues to build ties and bring nations together in exciting ways..

CyArk at CSU East Bay's STEM Career Awareness Day
By: Katia Chaterji

Last Friday, CyArk Technical Lead Alexander Reinhold and I packed up our gear and headed to Emeryville for STEM Career Awareness Day, an all-day event generously hosted by California State University E..

Rediscovering Fort Brown in 3D
By: Ross Davison

This past month CyArk has been fortunate enough to work with a multitude of remote sensing technologies to recreate Fort Brown--a national treasure from Texas thought lost to history. Using a process ..

Scanning of Cabin at the Gilroy Hot Springs
By: Alexander Reinhold

Yesterday CyArk Europe Production Specialist, Adam Frost, and I drove south to Gilroy, California to scan a historic cabin at the Gilroy Hot Springs, part of the Henry W. Coe State Park. We used two sc..

Support CyArk by Shopping on Amazon
By: Jaime Pursuit

Looking for ways to support CyArk, but haven’t yet mastered the art of 3D laser scanning heritage sites? Not to worry, now you can support digital heritage preservation through online shopping. CyA..

Illuminating the Heritage of Old Paris
Early photographer's images provide rare views of the city before Haussmannization
By: Devon Haynes

Many are familiar with Les Miserables—Victor Hugo’s account of Paris’s poor struggling to survive—but few people know about photographer Charles Marville, who documented the Paris of Victor Hug..

LiDAR Helps Generate <i> Pompeii </i> Movie Magic
By: Devon Haynes

While film critics have their own opinions about the movie Pompeii, which was released in theaters last week, CyArk was interested to learn that the filmmakers made use of LiDAR scanning to enhance the..

Monumental Data, Monumental Data Access Challenges
By: Justin Barton

Non-profit organization CyArk works with its vast network of partners to aggregate and archive 3D data of our collective human history, to transform that data into useful conservation and management to..

Scanning Hall 600 at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice
By: Erwin Christofori and Ruth Url, Guest Bloggers

Erwin Christofori is the founder of the engineering firm Christofori und Partner in Germany, and he is a longtime partner of CyArk. His engineering firm works all over the world, and has had the oppor..

Next Phase in Digital Preservation at Mount Rushmore
By: Alexander Reinhold

Since 2009, CyArk has been working with the National Park Service to enhance their preservation and interpretation efforts at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Last week, as a part of this partnership..

CyArk Named Finalist in East Bay Innovation Awards
By: Devon Haynes

CyArk is honored to be one of the finalists for this year’s East Bay Innovation Awards. In recent years the East Bay has become home to cutting-edge businesses and organizations, and the East Bay In..

New Technology Center at Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii
By: Justin Barton

This week CyArk is working with Mid-Pacific Institute (MPI) in Honolulu, HI, USA to provide training in 3D laser scanning technology and data collection and processing. Faculty members from MPI's eleme..

The Nominations Are In!
Successful first round of CyArk 500 site submissions
By: Devon Haynes

Following the October launch of the CyArk 500 at the Tower of London, groups from all over the world have been nominating sites for inclusion in this unprecedented effort to digitally preserve world he..

Call for CyArk 500 Project Submissions
The first deadline for submissions is December 31!
By: Devon Haynes

We are less than two weeks away from the first deadline for submitting heritage sites for consideration in the CyArk 500. So far, we have submissions from governments, universities, heritage agencies,..

Trans-Antarctic Expedition Huts Archived
Data from Shackleton's epic Trans-Antarctic Expedition now in CyArk archive.
By: Ross Davison

Beards make the man, or so I would have been made to believe flipping through the pages of my father's books. He was an admirer of explorers, adventurers, and seafarers whose exploits and escapades fi..

Respect and Legacy: CyArk and the Topaz Museum
By: Katia Chaterji

Weathering the dust and extreme aridity of Delta, Utah, many at Topaz War Relocation Center sought refuge in the distant Topaz Mountain, a feature that soon became an emblem of the vast isolation exper..

Videos from the CyArk 500 Launch & Conference Go Live
By: Devon Haynes

CyArk is pleased to announce that following the successful 500 Challenge Launch & Conference event in London last month, video footage from the event is now live on the CyArk YouTube page. All confere..

International Community Helps Launch CyArk 500 Challenge
Worldwide publications take note of the urgent need for digital heritage preservation
By: Elizabeth Lee

On October 21st at the Tower of London, CyArk formally launched the CyArk 500 Challenge. Joined by over 200 foreign ambassadors, government officials, cultural representatives, corporate executives an..

TechWomen and CyArk
CyArk works with an emerging cultural heritage professional from Palestine to transfer digital preservation knowledge
By: Taline Ayanyan and Najlaa Ataallh

Today brings an end to a very special month at the CyArk Oakland office. We say farewell to a very special visitor who has joined us for a one-month mentorship to learn about our digital preservation p..

Heritage at Risk:Natural disasters- Earthquakes
By: Divya Jayaram

This is the fourth post in our monthly blog series titled “Heritage at Risk.” Each month, we will highlight one risk factor that threatens our heritage and how CyArk’s mission can help preserve o..

The CyArk 500 Challenge: Officially Launched
CyArk Launches Initiative to Save the World’s Cultural Heritage Sites
By: Devon Haynes

LONDON-- 21 October 2013 – Beloved and culturally significant sites like the Great Wall of China, The Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu need protection, or the world stands to lose them to natural disasters..

Scanning Begins at Mission Sonoma
Another site captured along El Camino Real
By: Makenna Murray

Guest blogger: Makenna Murray is finishing her final year at Wellesley College studying History and Art History. She is planning to go to get her masters in Historic Preservation following graduation...

Maptek Donates 3D Data of Aboriginal Rock Art Scan to CyArk Archive
By: Elizabeth Lee

CyArk is pleased to announce that Maptek has donated data sets to the CyArk archive from 3D scanning they conducted of Aboriginal rock art at Kakadu National Park in Australia. This is the most recent..

Heritage at Risk: Acts of Human Aggression
By: Divya Jayaram

This is the third post in our blog series titled “Heritage at Risk.” Each month, we will highlight one risk factor that threatens our heritage and how CyArk’s mission can help preserve our histor..

How to Become a Digital Archiving Enthusiast; John Muir's Legacy Continues
By: Lisa Barrett

Guest blogger: Lisa Barrett has completed two years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in architecture. Originally from San Tan Valley, Arizona, she is spending the summer in the Bay intern..

Technology & The Humanities Intersect Along El Camino Real
Service provider, 3DVDT's Sonoma Mission intern discusses the importance of comprehensive digital documentation and data dissemination for Mission Sonoma
By: Makenna Murray

Guest blogger: Makenna Murray is finishing her final year at Wellesley College studying History and Art History. She is planning to go to get her masters in Historic Preservation following graduation. ..

3D Scanning -- Even the Romans Would be Impressed
CyArk, Historic Scotland, and the Glasgow School of Art's Digital Design Studio partner to scan the Antonine Wall
By: Elizabeth Lee

Historic Scotland announces the fifth Scottish UNESCO site to be scanned as part of the Scottish Ten initiative: The Romans were known for their feat, skill and innovation and now the Antonine Wall,..

Heritage at Risk: Climate Change and Earthen Heritage
By: Divya Jayaram

This post is the second in our blog series titled “Heritage at Risk”. Each month, we will highlight one risk factor that threatens our heritage and how CyArk’s mission can help preserve our histo..

Help CyArk win $15,000 to Digitally Preserve Ancient Sea of Galilee Boat
By: Jaime Pursuit

For the second year in a row, CyArk has been selected as a finalist in the EMC Heritage Trust program. Last year thanks to the support of CyArk’s friends we were able to raise funds for the digital ..

Project Launch: Fort Conger
The Early Age of Arctic Exploration
By: Ross Davison

CyArk is proud to announce the launch of Parks Canada’s Fort Conger on the CyArk website. Fort Conger is the third project made possible by CyArk’s Data Donation Partner Program and a collaboration..

The Values of Combining Digital Heritage <br> With an On-Site Visit
By: John Mooyman

Guest blogger: John Mooyman resides in Alamo, California and has completed his freshman year at Monte Vista High School. In his free time he enjoys scuba diving and exploring the outdoors. He is active..

Heritage at Risk: Urban Encroachment
A Predicament to the History of the Walled city of Lahore
By: Divya Jayaram

This post is our very first piece from our blog series titled "Heritage at Risk". Each month, we will highlight one risk factor that threatens our heritage and how CyArk’s mission can help preserve o..

Heritage at Risk
A blog series
By: Divya Jayaram

Our Heritage is at risk. Cultural heritage sites are becoming collateral victims with the increasing frequency and intensity of disasters, both natural and human induced. The destruction of Bam and i..

Work begins at Ancient Stabiae
CyArk provides a digital blueprint to aid conservation of home to the Roman elite
By: Scott Lee

Earlier this week work commenced digitally documenting the ruins of Ancient Stabiae in a collaborative project between not-for-profits CyArk and the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation. The project w..

UKZN Technology Center Continues to Grow
UKZN and ACT receive 3rd consecutive year of digital preservation training
By: Justin Barton

Late in the evening of Friday, May 24th, I boarded a plane (the first of three) to Durban, South Africa. Arriving sometime Sunday morning, I was greeted by colleague and friend, Michelle Dye. The rest ..

The challenge to save our cultural heritage
Launch of the CyArk 500 Challenge and conference to take place 20-22 October at the Tower of London
By: Ben Kacyra

Our cultural heritage is at-risk. The destruction of the Great Umayyad Mosque Minaret in Aleppo, Syria and the Nohmul Pyramid in Belize last month underscores the vulnerability of centuries old struct..

Announcing the CyArk Advisory Council
Which sites do we save, and how do we decide?
By: Tom Greaves

Our mission at CyArk is to digitally preserve cultural heritage sites using advanced 3D imaging tools. Our purpose is to make the information we collect available in perpetuity for both education and ..

Data Management at the Sydney Opera House
By: Justin Barton

The Sydney Opera House, with its white-tiled, arched “shells” (or “sails”, depending on whom you happen to be speaking too), is a testament to creative genius and design. That, of course, is wh..

Third Avenue Church goes live on CyArk
Saskatoon's 100 year old church is safely archived
By: Jaime Pursuit

CyArk is proud to announce the launch of Saskatoon Canada’s Third Avenue Church on the CyArk website. The project is a result of CyArk’s new Data Donation Partner Program and a collaboration betw..

CyArk joins transatlantic project to celebrate John Muir
New project to digitally document the homes of conservationist John Muir
By: Elizabeth Lee

A transatlantic project that will digitally document in 3D the homes of Scottish conservationist John Muir using cutting-edge scanning technology was announced by First Minister Alex Salmond in New Yor..

Scottish Ten goes to Sydney
Next week the team travels to Australia
By: Justin Barton

Next week the team membersof theScottish Ten project board planes in both Scotland and the USA, some flying east, some flying west, but all converging on Sydney, Australia. Sydney is an iconic modern w..

CyArk Receives First Arctic Heritage Site
SarPoint Engineering Ltd. Donates Data from Fort Conger to Archive
By: Jaime Pursuit

In 1881 Fort Conger was established on Canada's northern Ellesmere Island during the first northern polar scientific expedition. The Fort was funded by the US Government and was therefore named after ..

CyArk Receives Positive Feedback from Japanese American Community
San Jose's Japanese American Museum Hosts Successful Interactive Session for Community
By: Elizabeth Lee

On March 16th, 2013 I had the opportunity to present at the Japanese American Museum in San Jose (JAMsj). The presentation was open to the community and focused on presenting the preliminary results f..

CyArk Presenting at Japanese American Museum of San Jose
By: Justin Barton

Elizabeth Lee, Director of Operations at CyArk, is pleased to be presenting on CyArk's digital preservation efforts at Manzanar, Topaz, and Tule Lake at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose this Sa..

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
Project Concept to Digital Documentation: CyArk & ON Scans Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Lourdes, France.
By: Calvin Kwon

This article is written by Calvin Kwon. Calvin Kwon is a Proejct Manager for Organization & Networks (ON) Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto – a significant Catholic pilgrimage site visited by n..

Climate Change and Historic Cities
By: Divya Jayaram

This article is written by Divya Jayaram. Divya has a Masters in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh and is currently a volunteer with CyArk. Documentation forms the basi..

VIDEO: Documenting the Eastern Qing Tombs, China
The official Scottish Ten project video
By: Justin Barton

This following video, produced by Historic Scotland, shows the Scottish Ten team digitally documenting the expansive Eastern Qing Tombs in northeast China. Using laser scanning technology to capture so..

Digital Preservation of Mission San Juan Bautista
CyArk documents its fourth Mission of El Camino Real de California
By: Alexander Reinhold

Mission San Juan Bautista, located about 90 miles south of San Francisco, was founded in June 1797 by Fr. Fermin de Lasuen. It was the fifteenth of twenty-one missions established in Alta California. C..

Data Management at the Eastern Qing Tombs
The data challenges for the largest scale Scottish Ten Project to date
By: Justin Barton

The Eastern Qing Tombs is made up of 15 separate tomb complexes for emperors, emperoresses, and emperial concubines. The third international Scottish Ten project focused on just two of these tombs, but..

The Technology of the Eastern Qing Tomb's Digital Preservation
A Technology Blog for the Scottish Ten China project
By: James Hepher, Alastair Rawlinson

This article was written by James Hepher, HS Surveyor, and Alastair Rawlinson, DDS Head of Data Capture. Weeks Two and Three on the Scottish Ten project here at the Eastern Qing tombs near Zun..

CyArk and the Scottish Ten at the Eastern Qing Tombs
By: Elizabeth Lee

This week marks the close of fieldwork at the Eastern Qing Tombs in China. The project is the third international project of the Scottish Ten, following Mount Rushmore in the United States and Rani Ki..

CyArk and Partner to Digitally Preserve Ancient Mayan Sites
Players of Zynga’s popular Hidden Chronicles game can now support CyArk’s mission
By: Jaime Pursuit

SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 19, 2012 – CyArk and have teamed up to preserve our cultural heritage sites -- the tangible representations of humanity’s shared past. Players of Zynga..

DigiDoc 2012 Recap
Douglas Pritchard provides a conference summary
By: Douglas Pritchard

Last week Digidoc 12 was held at the Royal College of Sugeons’ Hall in theatrically mist-filled streets of Edinburgh Scotland. Over 200 people from the UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and ..

Digital El Camino Real de California goes live at Old Mission Dolores
New 3D technologies used to save California's oldest buildings
By: Elizabeth Lee

SAN FRANCISCO, California, October 25, 2012 -- Andrew Galvan, curator of Old Mission Dolores, San Francisco's oldest building debuted CyArk's virtual tour and 3D visualization of the mission in San Fra..

Sydney Opera House Announced as Next Scottish Ten Site
Next International Project Announced at Digidoc in Edinburgh
By: Justin Barton

October 22, 2012: Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop today announced that Sydney Opera House will be the fourth international site to be digitally scanned by th..

Project Update: Virtual Reconstruction of Manzanar, Topaz and Tule Lake
CyArk's Progress on the 2011 JACS Grant
By: Elizabeth Lee

CyArk is in the final stages of the work to virtually reconstruct three sites through a grant from the National Park Service's Japanese American Confinement Sites program. In 2011, CyArk began a proje..

CyArk to Launch CyArk Europe at Digidoc in October
CyArk to announce European office with Douglas Pritchard at the helm
By: Elizabeth Lee

CyArk to launch CyArk Europe Limited at Digidoc 2012, October 22-23 in Edinburgh. With Douglas Pritchard at the helm, CyArk Europe will advance CyArk’s mission to digitally preserve heritage sites a..

Digital Preservation of Mission San Luis Rey
CyArk continues its efforts to document El Camino Real
By: Justin Barton

Mission San Luis Rey was founded in June 1798 as the eighteenth Spanish mission established in California. It is named after Saint Louis IX, King of France. The current church structure dates to 1811 a..

Digidoc 2012 Announced
Annual conference on new technologies for archaeology, architecture, design and cultural resources
By: Elizabeth Lee

Earlier this week Historic Scotland announced the annual Digidoc conference. Digidoc is the leading international conference on digital documentation and visualisation in relation to architecture, des..

Artifact Digital Preservation at Mt Rushmore
NPS Staff learn Photogrammetry to create Virtual Museum 3D objects
By: Justin Barton

This year CyArk has been working closely with our partners at Mt Rushmore National Memorial and Autodesk to digitally preserve artifacts within the park's collection using photogrammetric techniques. ..

CyArk's First High School Techology Center
Santa Ynez Valley Union High Acquires 3D Data Capture Tools and Training
By: Justin Barton

For a week in early August (8/6/12 - 8/10/12), I worked closely with Ronald "Chip" Fenenga of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School (SYVUHS) to train him in CyArk's digital preservation methods and stand..

CyArk Releases New Online 3D Viewer
Interact with our 3D point clouds and models right in your browser!
By: Landon Silla

With the major advancements in browser technologies in the past few years, CyArk has been working on a brand new Online 3D Viewer to help serve our mission of providing realistic, meaningful, useful, a..

Virtual Manzanar
CyArk and NPS Previewed a Digital Reconstruction of Manzanar to the Public on July 23, 2012
By: Elizabeth Lee

On the afternoon of Monday, July 23, 2012, I was at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, CA. Along with staff from Manzanar National Historic Site, CyArk unveiled its fir..

Bringing Digital Preservation to El Camino Real of California
CyArk scans the first of 21 missions: Mission Dolores of San Francisco
By: Alexander Reinhold

CyArk and its network of partners have been working this year to bring digital preservation technologies to El Camino Real of California, the historic route also known as the "California Mission Trail"..

Video Blog: South African Technology Center Update
Digitally preserving rock art at Kruger National Park
By: Justin Barton

At the end of May I traveled to northern South Africa with our Technology Center partners, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the African Conservation Trust. The project's aim was to provide a second ..

How I Learned About 3D Printing from CyArk
A guest blog from a Middle School Science Fair
By: Zachary McDonald

Earlier in 2012, as a part of my 2012 Science Fair Project at St. Catherine School, I wanted to learn about 3D printing. I started by researching what exactly 3D printing is and how it’s already use..

CyArk Digital Preservation Station at Mount Rushmore
Stop by to get hands-on experience in 3D documentation of artifacts!
By: Justin Barton

The CyArk Digital Preservation Station will be open throughout the July 3rd Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the station t..

Xochicalco: Scanning Field Report
A recap of the field documentation from Xochicalco
By: Elizabeth Lee

The week of May 14th CyArk kicked off a multi-year program with Mexico’s National Institute for History and Anthropology (INAH). The program, titled the Sacred Cities of Ancient Mexico involves the d..

Ben Kacyra speaks at the Commonwealth Club on May 10th
Couldn't attend TED Global last July in Edinburgh?
By: Scott Lee

Here's your chance to hear CyArk's founder Ben Kacyra speak about CyArk's work to digitally preserve the California Missions and El Camino Real, as well as other global heritage sites in the CyArk 500...

Help CyArk win $15,000
CyArk selected as one of seven finalists in the EMC Heritage Trust Project
By: Elizabeth Lee

CyArk has been selected as one of seven finalists in EMC's Heritage Trust Project. The EMC Heritage Trust Project recognizes and supports digital stewardship of the world's information heritage in loc..

Project Launch: Titanic Database Project
Exclusive footage from James Cameron's dive expeditions is now available to the public as part of CyArk's Titanic Database Project
By: Taline Ayanyan

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the most infamous maritime disaster of all time, CyArk is proud to announce the launch of the Titanic Database Project. The project is the result of Directo..

Data Longevity
How will we store digital data for the next 500 years?
By: Tom Greaves

How do we archive heritage documentation so we can be confident we'll be able to retrieve this information next year, in 5 years, in 50 years or 500 years? The United States Library of Congress req..

3DReshaper helps CyArk create impressive 3D models of Cultural Heritage icons
CyArk is proud to announce a signed MOU with 3DReshaper
By: Justin Barton

In a continued effort to bring the best tools for digital preservation to our workflow, CyArk has finalized an MOU with Technodigit, the makers of 3DReshaper meshing software. CyArk began testing the s..

Ben Kacyra to Speak at Commonwealth Club
CyArk’s founder will present capturing ancient wonders in 3D & the CyArk 500 Challenge
By: Jaime Pursuit

CyArk’s Founder, Ben Kacyra, will be speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on May 10th. The United States' oldest and largest public affairs forum, the Commonwealth Club, presents 4..

Google's SketchUp Blog Highlights CyArk's Work
Google's official SketchUp blog discusses CyArk's use of the software
By: Justin Barton

As a non-profit, CyArk is a recipient of free licenses for SketchUp Pro through Google's SketchUp for Nonprofits program. Google's SketchUp team recently approached us to write a blog about how we util..

Help CyArk on Facebook
Take action and Like our Facebook page
By: Justin Barton

CyArk is in the running for a $10,000 advertising grant from Facebook! If won, this grant could drastically help increase our social media presence to spread the word of our mission and foster advo..

Executive Order 9066: 70 years later
Preserving the almost forgotten
By: Charisse Sare

February 19th marks the 70th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States military became wary of t..

Mount Rushmore Digitally Reproduced
The shrine to democracy has re-emerged into the physical world after digitization.
By: Mondrian Hsieh

CyArk has partnered with Ronald Rael, a Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley, to test a new innovation in the field of rapid prototyping as well as to test our ability to produce media fit for phys..

Special Message from CyArk Founder, Ben Kacyra
A personal note from Ben
By: Ben Kacyra

Season's Greetings, As 2011 comes to a close, I want to reach out and thank you for your support and contributions over this past year, and to ask you for your continued help as we formally launch T..

Tule Lake: Relocation Center Laser Scanned by CyArk and CU Denver
A guest blog by Mike Nulty, Technical Coordinator at the University of Colorado Denver's Center for Preservation Research
By: Mike Nulty

As part of a continued partnership between CyArk and The University of Colorado Denver’s Center of Preservation Research (CoPR) in the College of Architecture and Planning, we have teamed up again to..

The CyArk Office: Working Inside an Architectural Landmark
The Breuner Building: Part of the Art Deco Legacy of Downtown Oakland
By: Myasha Nicholas

For over a year, CyArk has been based in downtown Oakland, home to many amazing Art Deco architectural masterpieces. We are fortunate to have our office in the famous Breuner Building. It was designed ..

Scanning at the Tule Lake Segregation Center
The next WWII Japanese American Confinement site to get digitally preserved by CyArk
By: Taline Ayanyan

As you may already know, CyArk has been enthusiastically making progress on the project to digitally preserve three out of ten War Relocation Authority Relocation Centers from World War II. Under a gr..

CyArk and the Scottish Ten Head to India
Historic Scotland, Glasgow School of Art, and CyArk team up to scan Rani Ki Vav
By: Elizabeth Lee

The Scottish Ten team and CyArk began work scanning Rani Ki Vav stepwell in Patan, Gujarat, India this week. This project is the second international site of the Scottish Ten. The first international..

CyArk Surpasses One Million Visits to in 2011
CyArk reaches a milestone with help from over 200 countries
By: Charisse Sare

We are proud to announce that CyArk has surpassed a million visits on our website for the year. At the close of September we had already reached 1.06 million visits. This same time last year we were at..

Digidoc 2011 Recap
An update on the exciting week at the Digital Documentation conference in Glasgow, Scotland
By: Elizabeth Lee

Last week marked the always exciting Digital Documentation conference in Glasgow, Scotland. This was the third year of the conference, now shortened to Digidoc, and was truly the best conference yet. ..

CyArk Releases First iPad App
Fort Laramie iPad/iPhone app is now available for download FOR FREE in the iTunes Store
By: Landon Silla

After a great deal of work, CyArk is proud to announce the release of our first iPad app in the iTunes Store. (EDIT: It has subsequently been released for iPhones as well). The Fort Laramie app is av..

CyArk Captures New Data at the Presidio of San Francisco
CyArk provides a glimpse into the layered walls at the Officers' Club
By: Taline Ayanyan

On a typical cool Bay Area summer morning, the CyArk team made its way to the Presidio of San Francisco to capture some of the oldest walls ever built in the city. At the heart of the Presidio, these ..

Hawaiian Heritage Sites Update
Hawaiian Heritage sites set to launch on CyArk website soon
By: Annabel Lee Enriquez

Last December, CyArk, with the help of its partners, conducted the field work for the Digital Preservation of three culturally significant Hawaiian sites. Those sites, or wahi pana ("place(s) of signif..

Remote Archipelago Captured as the Latest Site in Scottish Ten
St. Kilda is Successfully Recorded as part of the Scottish Ten
By: Justin Barton

St. Kilda becomes the most recent addition to the Scottish Ten. Earlier this month, CyArk's partner, the Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualization (comprised of Historic Scotland and the Glasg..

Ben Kacyra Receives Standing Ovation at TEDGlobal
CyArk Founder Ben Kacyra Speaks to International Audience in Edinburgh
By: Elizabeth Lee

Ben Kacyra spoke to a crowd of over 600 people at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh earlier this month. Speaking on the final day of the conference, Ben Kacyra spoke about CyArk and the need to pr..

UNESCO World Heritage Convention Highlights Importance of Cultural Landscapes
Five cultural landscapes designated as World Heritage sites.
By: Annabel Lee Enriquez

As a historic preservationist, I realize that large and gorgeously-designed buildings and monuments and archaeological ruins of bygone civilizations usually grab the public’s attention, and rightfull..

Rock Art from Around the Globe
Often overlooked or disregarded, historic rock paintings and carvings can be as awe-inspiring as any other form of art. Check out some unique and famous sites from France, Australia and Norway.
By: Myasha Nicholas

After creating educational activities and other content for the Tutuveni petroglyph site, I have become inspired to learn more about rock art. In different corners of the world over vast stretches of t..

A Straight and Gleaming Tower of Pisa
It takes more than soap and water to clean the famous leaning tower
By: Charisse Sare

The Leaning Tower of Pisa at Piazza del Duomo is one of the most recognizable wonders of the world. But with hundreds of years of stress, pollution, tourists and pigeons, the Tower was in need of some ..

Introducing CyArk's Summer Interns
6 Students and Young Professionals Join CyArk for the Summer
By: Scott Lee

As a young, non-profit organization, CyArk thrives on volunteers and student interns. Internship programs allow us to teach the next generation of digital preservation specialists. We also learn from..

CyArk attends Hexagon 2011
A strong presence and a new network with the wider Hexagon industries
By: Justin Barton

The annual Leica Geosystems HDS Worldwide User Conference has officially been merged with the annual Hexagon conference. This merge joins Leica with its new family affiliates under the Hexagon umbrella..

Digital Repatriation: Marble House
Sneak preview of a Gilded Age masterpiece
By: Scott Lee

Earlier this year the CyArk team traveled to Rhode Island to digitally preserve the Marble House— one of the famous Newport Mansions built as a “summer cottage” during the late 1800’s. The home..

Beyond Rushmore and the Scottish Ten
Expanding the Scottish Heritage Archive
By: Justin Barton

In March I traveled to Edinburgh and Glasgow to meet with our partners from the Centre of Digital Documentation and Visualization (CDDV), which is comprised of Historic Scotland's Conservation Group an..

CyArk Launches Website en Español
CyArk está sumamente entusiasmado sobre su logro de proveer acceso a los de habla hispana a través del lanzamiento de nuestro sitio web en Español
By: Taline Ayanyan

CyArk is excited to provide access to Spanish speakers through the launch of our Spanish website Fotografía del Sistema IV en Monte Albán (Photograph of System IV at Monte Albán) El archivo ..

Strong Heritage Presence at Spar 2011
CyArk and Partners Showcase Wide Range of Heritage Topics
By: Elizabeth Lee

This year's spar conference had perhaps the largest showing of heritage presentations in recent years. CyArk has worked with Spar closely over the last few years to organize the heritage component of ..

Bacteria Eats Away at the RMS <i>Titanic</i>
The world famous shipwreck is now being threatened by oceanic bacteria.
By: Myasha Nicholas

Since its tragic descent to two and a half miles below the North Atlantic on April 14th, 1912, the RMS Titanic has been gradually deteriorating along the ocean floor. Recently, the scientific community..

Establishing CyArk South Africa
Creating Africa Chapter and Technology Center with University of KwaZulu-Natal and the African Conservation Trust
By: Justin Barton

I've just completed a week long trip to South Africa where I met with our new partners, the African Conservation Trust (ACT) and the Geomatics department of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Toge..

Work Begins on Next Phase of Mount Rushmore Project
5 year partnership moves forward with on site training
By: Justin Barton

CyArk recently traveled to Rapid City, SD to meet with senior park staff to discuss the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Digital Preservation Project. This project is a 5 year partnership between the ..

Hawaiian Heritage Captured in 3D for Digital Preservation
A joint effort of several interested parties brought CyArk to the Big Island to document 3 heritage sites
By: Justin Barton

Last week (Nov 29-Dec 4) saw the culmination of months of planning to bring Digital Preservation to the islands of Hawai'i. Through the concerted efforts of new allies and old partners, CyArk was able ..

Project Update: Mt. Rushmore
Previewing the initial results from the Mt. Rushmore Digital Preservation Project
By: Scott Lee

By this time, many are familiar with the story of our field collection efforts at Mt. Rushmore. After meticulously sorting through and editing 2.5 weeks of field data the CyArk team and our partners ..

CyArk Announces Website Redesign
It's been a while since the website has received a facelift. So after significant effort, we are proud to release our new website. In addition to the obvious cosmetic changes, we have also added quite a few additional, more subtle, features. Read on for more information!
By: Landon Silla

Objectives: One of the biggest goals we had in mind was to make our vast archive of content more easily accessible and better organized. We have added more information to our media elements so you ar..

CyArk Scans Hopi Petroglyphs
By: Kristina Sturm

Three of us from the CyArk team just returned from spending a week in the Arizona desert digitally documenting two Hopi petroglyph sites, Tutuveni and Dawa Park. Tutuveni is the primary site of the pr..

The story of the field documentation at Tutuvehni, by Lee Wayne Lomayestewa
By: Lee Wayne Lomayestewa

My name is Lee Wayne Lomayestewa, I work in the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office of the Hopi Tribe as a Research Assistant. The Hopi Cultural Preservation met previously with the CyArk crew and other ..

CyArk Highlighted at Innovate Oakland Event
Final InOak Event Includes 3D Point Clouds of Cultural Heritage Sites
By: Elizabeth Lee

Last Friday, October 8th, CyArk's technology and content were highlighted at the final InOak event of the year. As taken from the InOak website, "INOAK was created in 2010 by a handful of innovati..

Cliff Dwellings and Horse Packing
CyArk helps Partner Document Ancestral Puebloan ruins
By: Justin Barton

Over the last year, we have developed a very close partnership with the Center of Preservation Research (CoPR) at the University of Colorado, Denver. The partnership which began with our work together..

Laser Scanning Success at St. Anne's Church
CyArk and Christofori und Partner Digitally Preserve Gothic Masterpiece in Vilnius, Lithuania
By: Erwin Christofori

This post was written by Erwin Christofori of Christofori und Partner after he and his team scanned St. Anne's Church. Erwin has worked on 3D laser scanning projects around the world, including severa..

The Scottish Ten in Orkney
Scottish 10 team moves on to capture Neolithic Orkney
By: Elizabeth Lee

After the successful completion of the Mt. Rushmore Project, the Scottish Ten has begun work on the next project in Scotland. Beginning August 13th, the team has been hard at work capturing the UNESCO..

New Discovery within the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl
By: Myasha Nicholas

Teotihuacán, a highly influential but still very mysterious epicenter in the pre-Columbian world, has recently revealed a tunnel sealed off since its cultural prime. Yesterday, the Herald reported ..

Laser Scanning St. Anne's Church in Vilnius, Lithuania
CyArk and Christofori und Partner Digitally Preserve Gothic Masterpiece
By: Dirk Häusleigner

This post was written by Dirk Häusleigner of Christofori und Partner before departing for Vilnius. Dirk has worked on 3D laser scanning projects around the world, including several projects in the Cy..

Highlights from the Mt. Rushmore Laser Scanning Project
A Re-cap of the 2 week scanning portion of the project at Mt. Rushmore
By: Elizabeth Lee

After several weeks on the road, I am back at CyArk headquarters in Oakland, CA. The biggest event over the last few weeks has been the completion of our work at Mt. Rushmore. During the project, Mt...

Managing a Digital Mount Rushmore
By: Justin Barton

In mid-May I was privileged to be a part of a truly and literally monumental project: the Digital Preservation of Mount Rushmore. CyArk partnered with the Scottish Centre for Digital Documentation and ..

CyArk Prepares for Laser Scanning Mt. Rushmore
Laser Scanning portion of Digital Preservation Project to Start May 10
By: Elizabeth Lee

Things have been very busy at CyArk lately. Between our office move last month and our on-going projects, we have not been very diligent about our blogging. We hope to improve this through upcoming f..

Spar 2010 Wrap-up
Annual Conference on 3D technologies boasts large heritage preservation presence
By: Elizabeth Lee

Last week we attended the annual Spar conference on 3D imaging and capture technologies. I have had the opportunity to attend this event for the past 3 years, and it is always a great experience. Spa..

Romanesque Church of Saint Trophime Laser Scanned
CyArk and World Monuments Fund join to Digitally Preserve magnificent iconography
By: Justin Barton

Last year CyArk partnered with World Monuments Fund (WMF) to Digitally Preserve the renowned cloister of Saint-Trophime, one of the multiple structures within the historic center of Arles, France inscr..

Haiti Heritage Preservation: A Call for Volunteers
CyArk Needs Volunteers to Help Document Haiti's Cultural Heritage
By: Dan Walsh

The recent earthquake in Haiti has devastated a nation and caused immeasurable loss of life. Thankfully, the world has responded en masse. Donations, supplies, and aid workers have flown in from all co..

King Tut's Tomb Undergoes Digital Preservation and Reproduction
Egyptian specialists are recreating Tut's tomb to spare it from stress caused by tourism.
By: Angelica Nava

Imagine a dark, dank, cavernous yet cramped space. The air inside hangs heavy; the heat lingers. Each busy day can usher in as many as 1000 people, although the average height of the chamber measures o..

Scanning Erosion: Preserving the rock art of El Morro, New Mexico
The National Park Service goes high-tech in preservation efforts
By: Ashley M. Richter

Rising above the plains of western New Mexico is a series of sandstone bluffs called El Morro, Spanish for ‘the headlands’. The location of a stable water source, it became a popular pit-stop along..

Moen jo Daro - New Threats to Indus Valley Civilization
Rising water tables and violent vandalism endanger site's future
By: Parveen Talpur

About the Author Parveen Talpur is a New York based writer and historian. Her research at Cornell University (1990-97) focused on the decipherment of Moen jo Daro seal symbols. The results of her rese..

Getting to Know the 5 Scottish World Heritage Sites
A recap of a weeklong tour of 4 of the sites to be included in the Scottish 10
By: Elizabeth Lee

This December I experienced an incredibly packed 5 days of Scottish heritage. As part of the Scottish 10, I traveled to Scotland to become more familiar with the 5 Scottish sites to will be included i..

Teotihuacan and the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl
Digital Preservation of a Mesoamerican Wonder
By: Justin Barton

Field work has just ended and I am currently in Mexico with our Director of Projects, Liz Lee, and CyArk partner (and friend) Frank Collazo of Leica Geosystems HDS. We have come to the wonderous site o..

CyArk Gifts for the Holidays
Give AND Receive
By: Dan Walsh

With the help of our partners and the support of people like you, CyArk has made 8 new projects available on our website in the past year. Among others, these projects include the oasis city of Ancient..

CyArk Partners with National Parks Service to Capture Four Historic Missions
By: Elizabeth Lee

CyArk is proud to announce our upcoming project with the National Parks Service to digitally preserve the Missions of San Antonio. Our work at the National Historic Park will include the missions Nuest..

New 3D Model Displays - You Choose
How should we show our new 3D models?
By: Dan Walsh

CyArk would like your help determining how to best display our new 3D models. These light-weight site representations are a great visualization tool for teachers, students, and researchers, and enable ..

2012: Archaeology and Hollywood
Part Five of Five - Mass Entertainment and The End
By: John Mink

In the prior chapters of this CyArk blog series, we have talked about the idea of the year 2012: What it means to modern people, and what it may have meant to the Classic Period Maya of Central America..

Mt. Rushmore Digital Preservation Project Prepares for Initial Survey
CyArk, NPS, Respec, and Wyss and Associates meet to discuss control network survey
By: Elizabeth Lee

As part of the preparatory work for the Mt. Rushmore Digital Preservation project, this week I traveled to Rapid City South Dakota. The purpose of the trip was to meet with park staff as well as our l..

2012: Maya Conceptions Of Time
Section C of Part 4 (of Five) - Future Predictions or Endless Cycles?
By: John Mink

This entry is Section C of the three-section Part IV of the 2012 Blog Series from CyArk (click here for Section A and here for Section B)...Yes, that is a bit convoluted, but so is the Maya calendar it..

2012: Understanding The Maya Calendars
Section B of Part 4 (of Five) - The Long Count
By: John Mink

This is Section B of the three-section Part IV of the 2012 Blog Series from CyArk (click here for Section A)...Yes, that is a bit confusing, but so is the Maya calendar - at least to our eyes. Be aware..

2012: Maya Perspectives and Cultural Remains
Part Four (Section A) of Five - The Maya
By: John Mink

We have discussed some aspects of the public fascination, hype and hysteria surrounding the upcoming date of December 21 (or 23!), 2012 over the previous posts in this series: Introduction, Millenarian..

CyArk to Host Data from Rosslyn Chapel
CyArk works with Historic Scotland, the Glasgow School of Art, and the Rosslyn Chapel Trust to Share Data with the Public
By: Elizabeth Lee

We are pleased to announce the arrival of a new data set to the CyArk Archive. Working with Historic Scotland, the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art, and the Rosslyn Chapel Trust, CyA..

CyArk Welcomes Pointools as New Partner
Pointools software to form backbone of multimedia production moving forward
By: Justin Barton

CyArk is very pleased to announce the development of a new partnership with Pointools. The UK-based company creates high-end point cloud editing and rendering software. We are excited to be working clo..

Give a Point Cloud, Get a Point Cloud
Submit a Point Cloud Contest Rules and Submission Page
By: Dan Walsh

The Give a Point Cloud, Get a Point Cloud contest is mostly for those attending the Leica Geosystems User Conference this past week. But really, anyone can enter if they'd like. The rules are reall..

2012: New Age Predictions
Part Three of Five - Pan-shamanism
By: John Mink

The two prior entries to the 2012: Truth, Fiction, and the Popular Imagination blog series introduced us to some questions surrounding the year 2012 and began to explore some of the sources of confusi..

Ruins of Jerash Field Report - Conservation and Tourism
Richter in the Field - Volume 1
By: Ashley M. Richter

That’s right, I’m out of the CyArk office and out in the field. Over the last few months while I have been working part time in the CyArk offices, I have also been working from a distance to compl..

WMF's 2010 Watch List includes CyArk Site
Tambo Colorado, Peru is threatened, but Digitally Preserved
By: Justin Barton

Last week the World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced their biennial "Watch List" for 2010. Every two years the WMF releases a list of the world's 100 most endangered sites, be they endangered from excess..

2012: End of the World Perceptions and Myths
Part Two of Five - Millenarianism
By: John Mink

With this second installment of 2012: Truth, Fiction, and the Popular Imagination (Part One - Introduction was last week's blog), we turn our gaze towards our own perceptions of The End Of The World a..

CyArk's New Home on the Social Webs
Utilizing Social Websites to Reach a Broader Audience
By: Dan Walsh

You may or may not have noticed CyArk's presence in a few new places around the web. We have begun making a concerted effort to reach out to a broader internet audience by spreading the CyArk mission o..

2012: Truth, Fiction, and the Popular Imagination
By: John Mink

This is the first post of a multi-part blog series from CyArk on the 2012 phenomenon that has exploded across popular literature, the internet, television, and now film. As the date itself has its base..

Field Report: Digital Preservation of Fort Laramie National Historic Site
3D Laser Scanning in Wyoming
By: Justin Barton

Hello from Fort Laramie (and Torrington), Wyoming! CyArk is currently in the field working to Digitally Preserve the Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Fort Laramie was once an important hub point f..

Religious iconography, repurposed statues, and medieval frescoes from around the globe.
By: Lili Siegenthaler

Welcome to Take Five, a new blog feature in which your host, Lili, showcases CyArk's top five photos in a given theme. Today we take a few looks at religious imagery from around the world: Germany, Cam..

Recycling Monuments: The Hinduism/Buddhism Switch at Angkor
The Changing Face of Religious Architecture at Angkor, Also Common Elsewhere
By: Ashley M. Richter

The idea of recycling is far more ancient than many would think. For millennia, people have reused everything; metal, clothing, and yes, even ancient monuments. Current trends in archaeological thought..

Better Dating Through Volcanoes
An Island's Destruction is a Boon to Archaeologists
By: Lili Siegenthaler

Ever hear the old joke about the man who tried to forge ancient coins, but got caught when scholars noticed they were stamped “52 BC”? Archaeologists hear this joke and give a wistful sigh. If ..

CyArk Welcomes New Volunteers to the Team
Volunteers help expand CyArk's workforce and mission
By: Justin Barton

Recently CyArk has been fortunate to grow in our work force through the generous contributions of our volunteers. They have all greatly increased our productivity and have proven invaluable to us durin..

Fires near Greek capital of Athens
Homes, forests, and cultural heritages sites threatened by blazes
By: John Mink

A series of devastating fires near Athens, Greece, have burned scores of homes and tens of thousands of hectares of pine forest and olive groves. They also placed several important archaeological sites..

Digitizing the Intangible
Royal Flutes Commemorate Bugandan Tradition
By: Monica Carr

There is some heritage and culture that cannot be laser scanned into 3D images. Music has its own distinct and emotional cultural legacy, and it was composer Dr. Albert Ssempeke who used his knowledge ..

Carbon Dating & Archaeology
The RadioActive Clock
By: Ashley M. Richter

Time is relative. Different cultures around the world record time in different fashions. According to the Gregorian calendar, it is the year 2009 AD. But according to the Hebrew calendar..

Royal Tombs of African Buganda Kings in 3D
Digital Preservation of CyArk's first Sub-Saharan and Organic Architecture Site
By: Justin Barton

In February of 2009, a volunteer partner of PCA brought donated scanning equipment to Kampala, Uganda. There, it was used to conduct sample digital preservation at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the T..

Dendrochronology - Real Science VS Hollywood Forensics
Utilizing Tree Ring Dating for Archaeological Investigation
By: Ashley M. Richter

With the popularization of scientific analysis on television shows like CSI and Law and Order, it seems science can tell us everything these days. It can solve every crime and decipher every riddle. P..

Monolithic Moai of Easter Island Captured in 3D
Digital Preservation takes you to one of the most remote places on Earth
By: John Mink

Rapa Nui, a small volcanic island and province of Chile more commonly known as Easter Island, is home to one of humanity's most enigmatic and instantly-recognizable archaeological landscapes. First set..

CyArk Celebrates the Launch of Project 25
Rapi Nui becomes the 25th cultural heritage site to be digitally preserved
By: Elizabeth Lee

With the launch of Rapa Nui this afternoon, CyArk celebrates the 25th project to be digitally preserved and made publicly available via the web. We thought this silver anniversary of sorts called for ..

Launch of the Carmelite Church of Weißenburg
Medieval Church Scanned and Photographed
By: Charisse Sare

A visit to the Bavarian city of Weißenburg is like taking a step back in time. There are ancient Roman ruins to be explored, Renaissance influences to be experienced, and Gothic architecture to be exa..

The Maya and Ancient Urbanization
Pollution, over-expansion, and deforestation may have caused decline of Maya at UNESCO World Heritage Site Tikal.
By: Ashley M. Richter

Although it’s taken much of the world quite some time to jump on the conservation bandwagon, it seems the Classic Mayan civilization was practicing good environmental management policies well befor..

Assemblage of 16th Century Portal Begins at the University of San Francisco
Laser Data More Accurate than Anticipated
By: Dan Walsh

The University of San Francisco, my alma mater, has been steadily making remarkable improvements to a number of the buildings on campus since my graduation in 2006. The newly renamed Kalmonowitz Hall i..

Mt. Rushmore Selected to be First International Project in Scotland 10
CyArk, National Parks Service, and Historic Scotland Partner to Digitally Preserve Founding Fathers Amid July 4th Celebration
By: Elizabeth Lee

Amidst the Independence Day celebrations at Mt. Rushmore, another event with international implications was taking place. Almost 10 hours before the famous fireworks, a special press conference was he..

UNESCO World Heritage Site Monte Albán of Mexico in 3D
Zapotec capital digitized with 3D laser scanners and HDR photography
By: Justin Barton

CyArk is pleased to announce the web-launch of our latest project, the Zapotec capital of Monte Albán, Mexico. This project was made possible through the generous collaboration of the Instituto Nacion..

World Heritage in Google Earth: 3D Models Across the Globe
By: Dan Walsh

We at CyArk, love 3D and maps; especially when those two things involve cultural heritage. I've compiled a list below of some of the best 3D models of World Heritage Sites and historic locations that a..

Stone Bridge of Regensburg: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Digitally Preserved
German Medieval Bridge now archived with CyArk
By: Justin Barton

In May 2008 a highly skilled 3D survey team from the German firm Christofori und Partner travelled to the historic city of Regensburg, Germany. Regensburg has over 1000 historic landmarks within its ..

Laser Scanning the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Trophime
Digital Preservation of a 12th Century Cloister
By: Elizabeth Lee

Work finished a little earlier than expected so I decided to take an opportunity to do an official blog from the field during a late breakfast at the hotel. I am writing from Arles, a small historic t..

Ancient Stone Tenon Heads Discovered in Ancash, Peru
Stone carvings discovered in Chupacoto may be older than tenon heads from Chavín de Huántar
By: Nicole Medina

On May 8, 2009 officials in the Ancash region of Peru announced the discovery of stone tenon heads estimated to be 4,000 years old. The tenon heads were discovered in the Huaylas district at an archae..

Laser Scanning the Underworld of Rome
Mile after mile of Catacombs get documented in 3D for first time
By: Justin Barton

Below Rome, Italy, burrowed into the soft yet durable volcanic tufa rock, are over 170km (105 miles) of winding catacombs. There are over 40 individual catacombs, dating back two millennia, which were ..

Digital Documentation Conference Doubles in Size in Second Year
Digital Documentation 2009 Hosts Over 200 International Delagates
By: Elizabeth Lee

In only its second year, the Digital Documentation conference, coordinated by the Digital Design Studio at the Glasgow School of Art and in association with Historic Scotland, Leica Geosystems, Hexagon..

CyArk Helps Kick-Off Euromed Heritage ATHENA Project
Three Year Ancient Amphitheater Project Begins
By: Elizabeth Lee

Last week I had the honor of representing CyArk at the ATHENA project kick-off meeting in Amman Jordan. I only spent three days in the country but I had a wonderful experience meeting new partners and..

Cultural Heritage and Identity in the Wake of the L'Aquila Earthquake
L'Aquila suffers a devastating loss of life, homes, and cultural heritage
By: Nicole Medina

On April 6, 2009, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in the central Italian region of Abruzzo. The quake is the deadliest earthquake to strike Italy since 1980. L'Aquila, capital city of Abruzzo, and ..

CyArk Enjoys Large Presence at CAA and Spar 2009
CyArk receives much attention at major archaeology and laser scanning industry conferences
By: Elizabeth Lee

Two of the largest conferences of their kind were held back-to-back this year in the United States. The Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) conference is one of the larg..

Dynamite Damages Ancient Reliefs in Turkey
Roman tomb reliefs were damaged by looters' dynamite explosions in Mersin, Turkey
By: Justin Barton

Ten days ago at the archaeological site Adamkayalar in the Şeytan Valley of Turkey, a group of looters damaged eleven rock-wall relief niches when they detonated dynamite. The Mersin University Kl..

The Historic Acania Boat is Scanned for Restoration
3D laser scanning is employed to provide detailed information to restoration workers
By: Justin Barton

In March 2009, I travelled within the SF Bay Area to a shipyard in Alameda, CA. There I met with a team from UC Berkeley’s Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) consisting of Dr. Shak..

Early Hominid Footprints Discovered in Africa
Laser scan analysis of ancient footprints reveal that Homo ergaster walked upright.
By: Nicole Medina

A set of early human footprints discovered in Africa reveal that 1.5 million years ago prehistoric humans walked upright in a manner very similar to modern humans. The report was released by the journ..

Top 10 Endangered Heritage Sites - Urbanization
10 Sites at High Risk from the threat of rapidly increasing worldwide Urbanization
By: John Mink

Urbanization, the last entry in this CyArk series, is of special concern to those of us who understand the great value of cultural heritage sites. In a sense, urbanization is the reason for and the cul..

Cultural Heritage as Lawsuit Pay-out?
Irreplaceable Persian Tablets Threatened
By: Justin Barton

In the 1930s a great archaeological discovery was made: a group of tens of thousands of clay tablets, ranging from nugget-sized to place mat-sized, describing the daily internal life of the Persian Emp..

China Wants Zodiac Sculptures Returned
Contested cultural relics create conflict
By: Dan Walsh

Cultural artifacts are a funny lot. They tend to move around frequently, and in doing so become ambassadors of a particular culture to the entire world. It's a wonderful thing that a child in France ca..

Top 5 Endangered Heritage Sites - Desertification
5 Sites at High Risk from the Hazards Associated with Desertification
By: John Mink

In this continuing series by CyArk, we explore just a few of the world's most endangered heritage sites in several categories, separated by the general nature of the hazards they face. This week, we ta..

Top 5 Endangered Heritage Sites - Tourism
5 Sites at High Risk from the Hazards Associated with Large-Scale Visitor Traffic
By: John Mink

In this continuing series by CyArk, we explore just a few of the world's most endangered heritage sites in several categories, separated by the general nature of the hazards they face. In this week's c..

Top 5 Endangered Heritage Sites - Acid Rain
5 Sites at High Risk from the Hazards Associated with Acid Rain and Similar Industrial Pollutants
By: John Mink

In this continuing series by CyArk, we explore just a few of the world's most endangered heritage sites in several categories, separated by the general nature of the hazards they face. One of the most ..

Top 5 Endangered Heritage Sites- Flooding and Dambuilding
5 Sites at High Risk from Changing Water Tables and Proposed Dam Projects
By: John Mink

As has unfortunately been demonstrated time and time again, some of the world's greatest cultural heritage sites are critically at risk of destruction. From the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan to the Na..

China Takes Unusual Measures to Gain UNESCO Listing
Restrictions on Building Height Increase Natural Beauty
By: Dan Walsh

Usually, when a government tries to gain UNESCO World Heritage status for one of their country's sites, they pour resources into reinforcing crumbling walls or stifling erosion. China likes to do thing..

By: Erika Blecha

I have been a CyArk intern for over a year now, and I am currently a senior anthropology major at the University of California at Berkeley. I have spent my summers excavating in the Belize jungles bu..

CyArk Presents at DMACH Conference
Digital Media Conferenece in Jordan Attracts International Audience
By: Elizabeth Lee

Last week I traveled to Amman, Jordan to give a paper at the Digital Media Applications in Cultural Heritage (DMACH) conference. DMACH 2008 was hosted by the Center for Study of Architecture in the Ar..

New Features for Keeping Tabs
By: Dan Walsh

We've recently launched a few, new features in an effort to help keep everyone informed and "in the loop" regarding CyArk's activities, news, and upcoming projects. The first and most notable edition i..

Iraqi Scholars Work with CyArk to Create a Digital Nineveh
Training workshop at Durham University to digitize old Nineveh records
By: Elizabeth Lee

I am traveling on a southbound train to London after an exciting two day workshop at Durham University. With WiFi access on the trains I figured this was the perfect opportunity for an on-the-road blo..

Adventures in Archaeology at Monte Alban
CyArk post from the field
By: Elizabeth Lee

Four full days in the field resulted in lots of scan data, lots of photos, and lots of scrapes and bruises but little energy left to blog. In an effort to make this the first official CyArk blog from ..

CyArk Digitally Reconstructs 16th Century Portal
By: Elizabeth Lee

CyArk recently partnered with the University of San Francisco, Leica Geosystems, and INSIGHT to digitally reconstruct a 16th century stone portal. The portal was originally part of the monastery of San..

South Korea’s historic Namdaemun Gate destroyed by fire
By: John Mink

The Republic of Korea has suffered the loss of one of its greatest national historic treasures. Seoul’s 610 year-old Namdaemun (Great Southern Gate) was set ablaze by an arsonist on the evening of Fe..

Heritage Makes a Strong Showing at Annual Leica Geosystems User Conference
By: John Loomis

The documentation of sites of cultural heritage made a strong showing, among the usual industrial applications for laser scanning, at the Leica Geosystems User Conference held in San Ramon, California ..

2007 Ancient Merv Project: High Definition Documentation
By: Justin Barton

I have just returned from Turkmenistan after a six-week collaboration with the Ancient Merv Project for its 2007 field season. The ongoing project by the Institute of Archaeology (IoA) at University Co..

CyArk Travels to Mesa Verde National Park
By: Elizabeth Lee

CyArk team memebers Ben Kacyra and Elizabeth Lee recently traveled to Mesa Verde National Park as part of an on location shoot for the new PBS show, Wired Science. In addition to giving interviews abou..

Consequences of Global Warming
By: Landon Silla

Introduction Among the academics and scientists of the world, there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding the specifics of predicting global warming. However, there is one thing that they all agre..

Global Warming’s Effect on Heritage Sites
By: Landon Silla

CyArk announces its newest feature, a fully interactive Hazard Map showing inundation levels and plotting previously recorded earthquakes. Everyday, global warming is becoming more and more of a reali..

Frequently Asked Questions - Hazard Map
By: Landon Silla

I have been receiving questions from fellow colleagues well as the public concerning the Hazard Map. I have compiled a list of a few relevant questions and have included answers for your reading pleas..

The NEW 7 Wonders of the World
By: Dan Walsh

Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum of Maussollos, Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria - of the original Seven Won..

CyArk Presenting at Japanese American Museum of San Jose
Digital Reconstruction of Manzanar, Topaz, and Tule Lake
By: Elizabeth Lee


CyArk Presenting at Japanese American Museum of San Jose
Digital Reconstruction of Manzanar, Topaz, and Tule Lake
By: Elizabeth Lee