When should archeoViz be Used?

For What Sort of Archaeological Research?

  • Old and new research: recently produced datasets (Cassenade in France, excavated in 2013–2014) and old datasets (Le Poeymaü, excavated in 1948–1956);
  • Site size: small sites (Erb Tanks in Namibia, 4 m²) and large sites (Mas de Vignoles X in France, ≈2400 m²);
  • Site composition: sites made of only one sector (Moulin-Neuf in France) or two sectors, for which two archeoViz instances were created (Roc de Marcamps 1 and 2 in France, Marathousa 1a and 1b in Greece);
  • Assemblage size: small assemblages (Combe-Grèze in France, ≈100 objects) and large assemblages (Le Flageolet in France, ≈65,000 objects);
  • Refittings: dataset including or not information about refitting objects (Chauzey in France, 1846 refits, Le Bout des Vergnes in France, 3740 refits);
  • Location methods: objects accurately located as points (Combe Cullier in France) or approximately located within volumes (Těšetice in Czech Republic);
  • Chronology: Palaeolithic data (Les Jambes, Amalda in the Basque Country), Neolithic (Le Petit Paulmy in France), Medieval (Altenerding in Germany), and ethno-archaeological datasets (the Mask site in Alaska, 20th c.);
  • Publication status: published datasets (the Taï, Grotte XVI, La Roche-à-Pierrot, Bilzingsleben in Germany, Barger Gulch in the US) and unpublished datasets (Roquemissou in France, Bastos in Brazil).

For What Sort of Data?

archeoViz deals with individual objects located by sets of coordinates (x, y, z) and represented as points, i.e. the output of total stations in contemporary excavations. The data structure is kept as simple as possible, with (few) mandatory and some optional variables.

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Example of an input CSV file. Mandatory variables are in italics type. ‘max’ coordinates are for objects inaccurately located within a range. An unlimited number of variables named using the “object_” prefix can be added.

Special Features and Use Cases

Beyond its initial vocation for point clouds, archeoViz can be adapted to other needs and display:


Displaying refittings: archeoViz instance of the Chez Thuilet Palaeolithic site

Spatial uncertainty

Representing location uncertainty: artificial data.

Fabrics measurements

Displaying fabrics measurements: archeoViz instance for the Shuidonggou site


Displaying shapes: elephant bones in the archeoViz instance for the Marathousa 1A site

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Sébastien Plutniak (2023, 2 août). When should archeoViz be Used? archeoViz. Data visualization in archaeology. Consulté le 14 juin 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/bd7w

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