Introducing the Peruvian Origins Informatics Project!
I am excited to finally launch the “Peruvian Origins Informatics Project” for public viewing. This website was designed to illustrate material culture of the pre-ceramic inter-zonal connection between the highlands and coast of southern Peru. Within the website there are many features and areas to explore. One main feature of the website is a mapping function that shows the locations of these important archaeological sites in southern Peru. Each spinning fishtail projectile point represents a different archaeological site and link to an artifact page where a 3D model is displayed. The 3D models on the artifact pages are of projectile points that were recovered during excavation or surface survey. Each model is fully manipulable and is an accurate representation of the actual artifact.
The goal of this project was to increase the popularity of the pre-ceramic period in southern Peru. Artifacts that are displayed on this website range from being 12,500 years old to less than 4,000 which shows the scale and time depth of these areas. Many different aspects of this website went well but some did not. Although the time it took to properly display the 3D models was intense, the final product is polished and works well on this scale. I would have liked to have had more models of artifacts from more sites for this website but due to time constraints and technological difficulties, this was not feasible. In addition, many small coding aspects did not go as planned such as the main photo slideshow. I was not aware that the slide show only allowed four pictures to be display at one time which did not allow me to visually display the beauty of these areas effectively. Other than intensive time expenditure, this project/website went exceedingly smoothly.