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Burial Monument, Nan Madol (Pohnpei, Micronesia)
The archaeological site of Nan Madol in the Federated States of Micronesia was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2016. This 3D scan of Nandauwas Islet shows the tomb of the first chiefs to rule the island of Pohnpei. It was made with a FARO Focus 3D scanner and in this low res version (17MB) much of the islet’s vegetation has been removed to show the tomb’s architecture.
For more about this research see:
McCoy, M.D., Alderson, H.A., Hemi, R., Cheng, H., Edwards, R.L. (in press). Earliest direct evidence of monument building at the archaeological site of Nan Madol (Pohnpei, Micronesia) identified using 230Th/U coral dating and geochemical sourcing of megalithic architectural stone. Quaternary Research.
This research was funding through a grant from the National Geographic Society.
Mark D. McCoy, Associate Professor Department of Anthropology, Southern Methodist University email@example.com