Chichen Itzá estate will be digitized completely to show it to the public

The purpose of digitizing Chichen Itzá is to obtain a photograph like never before, with unique details, such as a virtual reality model.

Chichen Itzá estate will be digitized completely to show it to the public
Chichen Itzá estate will be digitized completely to show it to the public.

To expand the dissemination of cultural, archaeological, and technological heritage, the Chichen Itzá underground project is developed, a faithful image of this pre-Hispanic city in which it will be possible to make aerial and underground visits from different angles.

In an interview with Notimex, the archaeologist and researcher of the National Archeology Coordination of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Guillermo de Anda, pointed out that by digitizing the Mayan city and creating models from that work, they will be better disseminated and will draw attention to the care they need.

What is the goal of digitizing Chichen Itzá?

The purpose is to obtain a faithful photograph as never before of Chichen Itzá, with unique details, such as a virtual reality model that will be available by the end of this year. Using state-of-the-art technology, it will be an innovative product with wide dissemination of the site throughout the world. It is done in partnership with a company that derived from National Geographic.

The digitalization of Chichen Itzá seeks to show the spaces and the deterioration that they suffer over time since during the process they will be able to make comparisons of the state in which each building and structure of the archaeological site was with its current state, which allows monitoring of the that is not usually seen at a glance.

How will digitization benefit Chichen Itza?

This system will help the conservation of the site, because this model will teach, for example, the deterioration of buildings. The work of digitizing the ruins is being carried out by INAH specialists, in alliance with experts in digitalization, and according to the participants the knowledge that is being obtained with this project helps archaeologists to rethink some aspects of the history of Chichen Itzá

The study has given information that can even change the history of the archaeological site. For the digitization work, they are using photographs and innovative technologies such as drones; the images are processed in software capable of creating models through post-production work. The first results will be held in November, but the complete digital project will be held until 2020.