Articles & Blogs

The 2014 CyArk Annual Summit Update

by Elizabeth Lee
October 31, 2014
“If we lose these sites, we also lose the stories they tell. Cultural heritage sites make up a piece of our collective human memory, which is why they are so important to preserve. We are delighted to ... READ MORE

Iron Mountain announces sustaining partnership for the CyArk 500

by Katia Chaterji
October 31, 2014
CyArk announced a new partnership with Iron Mountain on October 7th at its Annual Summit, held at the National Archives in Washington, DC. This event marked the one-year anniversary of the CyArk 500 C ... READ MORE

Microsoft Internet Explorer Brings Cultural Heritage to Life in Your Browser

by Katia Chaterji
October 31, 2014
CyArk unveiled a new interactive website at the National Archives in Washington, DC this October. In a new partnership with Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), CyArk and IE bring life to cultural herita ... READ MORE

Historic Cities Program Announced to Map Cities in 3D

by Katia Chaterji
October 31, 2014
CyArk has teamed with HERE, a global leader in mapping and navigation, and a subsidiary of Nokia Corp., to create a "Historic Cities Program," launched at the CyArk Annual Summit in Washington, DC in ... READ MORE

Francesco Bandarin joins CyArk 500 Advisory Council

by Elizabeth Lee
September 30, 2014
CyArk announces Francesco Bandarin as a new member to the CyArk 500 Advisory Council, the advisory board tasked with advising CyArk on the development of selection criteria and reviewing nominated sit ... READ MORE

Rosslyn Chapel Educational Content Now Available

by Katia Chaterji
August 28, 2014
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 ... READ MORE

Speaker Preview: CyArk 500 Annual Summit

by Devon Haynes
July 31, 2014
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 "Democr ... READ MORE

Justin Barton to chair Technology Center Board

by Elizabeth Lee
July 29, 2014
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 ... READ MORE

American Students Help Preserve Italian Heritage

by Lara Barnes
July 23, 2014
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 Flor ... READ MORE

CyArk Engages GoUNESCO Campus Ambassadors

by Katia Chaterji
July 1, 2014
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 ... READ MORE

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

by Adam Frost
June 20, 2014
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 intricat ... READ MORE

CyArk at TEDxWellesleyCollege

by Makenna Murray
May 28, 2014
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 he ... READ MORE

U.S. Heritage Endangered by Climate Change

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May 23, 2014
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 Intergovernme ... READ MORE

El Camino Real Lesson Plans Go Live

by Katia Chaterji
May 20, 2014
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 ar ... READ MORE

Help with the 3D Preservation of a National Treasure

by Justin Barton
May 12, 2014
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 w ... READ MORE

John Muir Celebration Reunites Scottish, U.S. Partners in Heritage Preservation

by Elizabeth Lee
April 28, 2014
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. ... READ MORE

CyArk at CSU East Bay's STEM Career Awareness Day

by Katia Chaterji
April 14, 2014
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 ... READ MORE

Rediscovering Fort Brown in 3D

by Ross Davison
March 27, 2014
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 ... READ MORE

Scanning of Cabin at the Gilroy Hot Springs

by Alexander Reinhold
March 26, 2014
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 s ... READ MORE

Support CyArk by Shopping on Amazon

by Jaime Pursuit
March 25, 2014
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. CyAr ... READ MORE

Illuminating the Heritage of Old Paris

by Devon Haynes
March 12, 2014
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 Hugo as it ... READ MORE

LiDAR Helps Generate Pompeii Movie Magic

by Devon Haynes
March 5, 2014
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 th ... READ MORE

Monumental Data, Monumental Data Access Challenges

by Justin Barton
March 3, 2014
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 t ... READ MORE

Scanning Hall 600 at the Nuremberg Palace of Justice

by Erwin Christofori and Ruth Url, Guest Bloggers
February 28, 2014
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 oppo ... READ MORE

Next Phase in Digital Preservation at Mount Rushmore

by Alexander Reinhold
February 24, 2014
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 partnershi ... READ MORE

CyArk Named Finalist in East Bay Innovation Awards

by Devon Haynes
February 4, 2014
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 Inn ... READ MORE

New Technology Center at Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii

by Justin Barton
January 29, 2014
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 elem ... READ MORE

The Nominations Are In!

by Devon Haynes
January 16, 2014
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 h ... READ MORE

Call for CyArk 500 Project Submissions

by Devon Haynes
December 17, 2013
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 ... READ MORE

Trans-Antarctic Expedition Huts Archived

by Ross Davison
November 26, 2013
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 f ... READ MORE

Respect and Legacy: CyArk and the Topaz Museum

by Katia Chaterji
November 22, 2013
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 expe ... READ MORE

Videos from the CyArk 500 Launch & Conference Go Live

by Devon Haynes
November 19, 2013
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 confer ... READ MORE

International Community Helps Launch CyArk 500 Challenge

by Elizabeth Lee
October 31, 2013
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 a ... READ MORE

TechWomen and CyArk

by Taline Ayanyan and Najlaa Ataallh
October 31, 2013
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 ... READ MORE

Heritage at Risk:Natural disasters- Earthquakes

by Divya Jayaram
October 30, 2013
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 our hi ... READ MORE

The CyArk 500 Challenge: Officially Launched

by Devon Haynes
October 22, 2013
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, ... READ MORE

Scanning Begins at Mission Sonoma

by Makenna Murray
August 30, 2013
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 ... READ MORE

Maptek Donates 3D Data of Aboriginal Rock Art Scan to CyArk Archive

by Elizabeth Lee
August 27, 2013
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 recen ... READ MORE

Heritage at Risk: Acts of Human Aggression

by Divya Jayaram
August 23, 2013
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 history. ... READ MORE

Announcing New Academic Rate for CyArk 500 Challenge Launch & Conference

by Devon Haynes
August 20, 2013
Due to overwhelming interest, CyArk has created a limited number of Academic spaces within the CyArk 500 Launch and Conference. These spaces are reserved for researchers, students and professors withi ... READ MORE

How to Become a Digital Archiving Enthusiast; John Muir's Legacy Continues

by Lisa Barrett
August 7, 2013
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 inter ... READ MORE

Technology & The Humanities Intersect Along El Camino Real

by Makenna Murray
July 25, 2013
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. ... READ MORE

3D Scanning -- Even the Romans Would be Impressed

by Elizabeth Lee
July 25, 2013
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 ... READ MORE

Heritage at Risk: Climate Change and Earthen Heritage

by Divya Jayaram
July 19, 2013
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 history. ... READ MORE

First Speakers for CyArk 500 Conference Announced

by Elizabeth Lee
July 18, 2013
We are pleased to announce the first set of speakers for the CyArk 500 Launch and Conference. These speakers are just the beginning of an impressive line up of individuals and topics. Please check t ... READ MORE

Help CyArk win $15,000 to Digitally Preserve Ancient Sea of Galilee Boat

by Jaime Pursuit
July 17, 2013
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 p ... READ MORE

Project Launch: Fort Conger

by Ross Davison
July 2, 2013
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 be ... READ MORE

The Values of Combining Digital Heritage
With an On-Site Visit

by John Mooyman
June 21, 2013
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 activ ... READ MORE

Heritage at Risk: Urban Encroachment

by Divya Jayaram
June 18, 2013
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 ou ... READ MORE

Heritage at Risk

by Divya Jayaram
June 18, 2013
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 ... READ MORE

Work begins at Ancient Stabiae

by Scott Lee
June 14, 2013
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 ... READ MORE

UKZN Technology Center Continues to Grow

by Justin Barton
June 13, 2013
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 ... READ MORE

The challenge to save our cultural heritage

by Ben Kacyra
May 30, 2013
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 struc ... READ MORE

Announcing the CyArk Advisory Council

by Tom Greaves
April 30, 2013
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 ... READ MORE

Data Management at the Sydney Opera House

by Justin Barton
April 26, 2013
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 why it is ... READ MORE

Third Avenue Church goes live on CyArk

by Jaime Pursuit
April 9, 2013
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 between ... READ MORE

CyArk joins transatlantic project to celebrate John Muir

by Elizabeth Lee
April 8, 2013
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 Yo ... READ MORE

Scottish Ten goes to Sydney

by Justin Barton
March 29, 2013
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk Receives First Arctic Heritage Site

by Jaime Pursuit
March 29, 2013
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk Receives Positive Feedback from Japanese American Community

by Elizabeth Lee
March 28, 2013
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk Presenting at Japanese American Museum of San Jose

by Justin Barton
March 13, 2013
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 S ... READ MORE

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

by Calvin Kwon
February 26, 2013
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 ne ... READ MORE

CyArk to participate in the Society for California Archaeology's 2013 Public Day

by Justin Barton
February 26, 2013
The Society for California Archaeology (SCA) will be hosting a Public Day at the Berkeley Marina during their 2013 Annual Meeting. The Public Day will bring together participants from archaeology ... READ MORE

Climate Change and Historic Cities

by Divya Jayaram
February 11, 2013
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 bas ... READ MORE

VIDEO: Documenting the Eastern Qing Tombs, China

by Justin Barton
January 30, 2013
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 s ... READ MORE

CyArk to Chair Digital Historic Preservation Track at SPAR

by Elizabeth Lee
January 29, 2013
CyArk is proud to serve as the Digital Historic Preservation Track Chair for the 2013 SPAR International Conference. The annual SPAR International conference brings 3D professionals together to acquir ... READ MORE

Digital Preservation of Mission San Juan Bautista

by Alexander Reinhold
January 25, 2013
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. ... READ MORE

Data Management at the Eastern Qing Tombs

by Justin Barton
January 18, 2013
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, bu ... READ MORE

The Technology of the Eastern Qing Tomb's Digital Preservation

by James Hepher, Alastair Rawlinson
January 18, 2013
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 Zu ... READ MORE

CyArk and the Scottish Ten at the Eastern Qing Tombs

by Elizabeth Lee
November 28, 2012
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 K ... READ MORE

CyArk and Zynga.org Partner to Digitally Preserve Ancient Mayan Sites

by Jaime Pursuit
November 20, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 19, 2012 – CyArk and Zynga.org have teamed up to preserve our cultural heritage sites -- the tangible representations of humanity’s shared past. Players of Zynga’s ... READ MORE

DigiDoc 2012 Recap

by Douglas Pritchard
October 30, 2012
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 S ... READ MORE

Digital El Camino Real de California goes live at Old Mission Dolores

by Elizabeth Lee
October 25, 2012
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 Fr ... READ MORE

Sydney Opera House Announced as Next Scottish Ten Site

by Justin Barton
October 22, 2012
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 t ... READ MORE

CyArk Participates at EuroMed 2012 in Cyprus

by Tom Greaves
October 22, 2012
Next week the 4th International Euro-Mediterranean Conference (EuroMed 2012) opens in Cyprus. The event which runs from October 29 to November 3 will be attended by hundreds of cultural heritage prof ... READ MORE

Project Update: Virtual Reconstruction of Manzanar, Topaz and Tule Lake

by Elizabeth Lee
October 12, 2012
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 proj ... READ MORE

CyArk to Launch CyArk Europe at Digidoc in October

by Elizabeth Lee
September 28, 2012
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 an ... READ MORE

Digital Preservation of Mission San Luis Rey

by Justin Barton
September 27, 2012
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 ... READ MORE

Digidoc 2012 Announced

by Elizabeth Lee
September 7, 2012
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, de ... READ MORE

Artifact Digital Preservation at Mt Rushmore

by Justin Barton
August 29, 2012
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. ... READ MORE

CyArk's First High School Techology Center

by Justin Barton
August 20, 2012
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 stan ... READ MORE

Launch Event for Digital El Camino Real

by El Camino Real
August 1, 2012
CyArk requests the pleasure of your company for the Digital El Camino Real Launch at Mission Dolores 5-7pm, Thursday, October 25th at Mission Dolores 3321 16th Street, San Francisco - free ... READ MORE

CyArk Releases New Online 3D Viewer

by Landon Silla
July 31, 2012
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, ... READ MORE

Virtual Manzanar

by Elizabeth Lee
July 31, 2012
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 fi ... READ MORE

Bringing Digital Preservation to El Camino Real of California

by Alexander Reinhold
July 27, 2012
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk to Host Panel at NCPTT Digital Summit

by Elizabeth Lee
July 9, 2012
This week in San Francisco's historic Presidio, CyArk will participate in the 3D Digital Documentation Summit hosted by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. The conference run ... READ MORE

Video Blog: South African Technology Center Update

by Justin Barton
June 29, 2012
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 ... READ MORE

How I Learned About 3D Printing from CyArk

by Zachary McDonald
June 26, 2012
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 used ... READ MORE

CyArk Digital Preservation Station at Mount Rushmore

by Justin Barton
June 25, 2012
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 ... READ MORE

Xochicalco: Scanning Field Report

by Elizabeth Lee
May 31, 2012
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 di ... READ MORE

Ben Kacyra speaks at the Commonwealth Club on May 10th

by Scott Lee
May 2, 2012
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 ... READ MORE

Help CyArk win $15,000

by Elizabeth Lee
April 13, 2012
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 lo ... READ MORE

Project Launch: Titanic Database Project

by Taline Ayanyan
April 12, 2012
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 Direct ... READ MORE

Data Longevity

by Tom Greaves
April 5, 2012
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 re ... READ MORE

3DReshaper helps CyArk create impressive 3D models of Cultural Heritage icons

by Justin Barton
March 28, 2012
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 ... READ MORE

Ben Kacyra to Speak at Commonwealth Club

by Jaime Pursuit
March 21, 2012
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 40 ... READ MORE

AIA St. Louis: Lecture by Elizabeth Lee

by Scott Lee
March 13, 2012
You are invited to listen to CyArk's Director of Projects and Development, Elizabeth Lee, deliver a lecture tonight on digital preservation to the AIA of St. Louis. Elizabeth will be discussing CyArk' ... READ MORE

Google's SketchUp Blog Highlights CyArk's Work

by Justin Barton
March 9, 2012
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 uti ... READ MORE

CyArk to Participate in Spar International 2012

by Elizabeth Lee
March 7, 2012
CyArk will once again be participating in the annual Spar International Conference, being held April 15-18 in The Woodlands, Texas. Spar is a conference where leading 3D professionals convene to disc ... READ MORE

Help CyArk on Facebook

by Justin Barton
February 27, 2012
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 adv ... READ MORE

Executive Order 9066: 70 years later

by Charisse Sare
February 17, 2012
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 ... READ MORE

Mount Rushmore Digitally Reproduced

by Mondrian Hsieh
February 10, 2012
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 phy ... READ MORE

Special Message from CyArk Founder, Ben Kacyra

by Ben Kacyra
December 14, 2011
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk to Speak at Remote Access to World Heritage Sites Conference

by Elizabeth Lee
November 22, 2011
This week in Edinburgh, CyArk's Ben Kacyra and Elizabeth Lee will be speaking on the topic of Remote Access to World Heritage Sites. The two day conference features delegates from around the world an ... READ MORE

Tule Lake: Relocation Center Laser Scanned by CyArk and CU Denver

by Mike Nulty
November 10, 2011
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 ... READ MORE

The CyArk Office: Working Inside an Architectural Landmark

by Myasha Nicholas
November 4, 2011
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 ... READ MORE

Scanning at the Tule Lake Segregation Center

by Taline Ayanyan
October 28, 2011
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 g ... READ MORE

CyArk and the Scottish Ten Head to India

by Elizabeth Lee
October 21, 2011
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 internationa ... READ MORE

CyArk Surpasses One Million Visits to CyArk.org in 2011

by Charisse Sare
October 7, 2011
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 a ... READ MORE

Digidoc 2011 Recap

by Elizabeth Lee
September 30, 2011
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. ... READ MORE

CyArk Releases First iPad App

by Landon Silla
September 26, 2011
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 a ... READ MORE

CyArk Captures New Data at the Presidio of San Francisco

by Taline Ayanyan
September 6, 2011
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 ... READ MORE

Glasgow Set to Host Digital Documentation Conference

by Elizabeth Lee
September 2, 2011
Glasgow is set to host an international conference on digital documentation next month. The Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (CDDV), a joint venture between Historic Scotland and ... READ MORE

Elizabeth Lee to Keynote the ISDE Conference

by Justin Barton
August 19, 2011
CyArk's Director of Projects and Development, Elizabeth Lee, to keynote annual international conference. Elizabeth will be speaking about CyArk and our global digital heritage preservation efforts. ... READ MORE

Hawaiian Heritage Sites Update

by Annabel Lee Enriquez
July 29, 2011
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 signi ... READ MORE

Remote Archipelago Captured as the Latest Site in Scottish Ten

by Justin Barton
July 28, 2011
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 Glas ... READ MORE

Ben Kacyra Receives Standing Ovation at TEDGlobal

by Elizabeth Lee
July 26, 2011
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 p ... READ MORE

UNESCO World Heritage Convention Highlights Importance of Cultural Landscapes

by Annabel Lee Enriquez
July 19, 2011
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 rightfully ... READ MORE

Rock Art from Around the Globe

by Myasha Nicholas
July 8, 2011
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 ... READ MORE

A Straight and Gleaming Tower of Pisa

by Charisse Sare
June 29, 2011
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 ... READ MORE

Introducing CyArk's Summer Interns

by Scott Lee
June 14, 2011
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 fro ... READ MORE

CyArk attends Hexagon 2011

by Justin Barton
June 13, 2011
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 umbrell ... READ MORE

Digital Repatriation: Marble House

by Scott Lee
June 3, 2011
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, built ... READ MORE

Beyond Rushmore and the Scottish Ten

by Justin Barton
April 29, 2011
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 a ... READ MORE

CyArk Launches Website en Español

by Taline Ayanyan
April 29, 2011
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 di ... READ MORE

Strong Heritage Presence at Spar 2011

by Elizabeth Lee
April 12, 2011
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 ... READ MORE

Bacteria Eats Away at the RMS Titanic

by Myasha Nicholas
April 7, 2011
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 communit ... READ MORE

Establishing CyArk South Africa

by Justin Barton
March 28, 2011
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). Tog ... READ MORE

CyArk at Spar 2011

by Elizabeth Lee
March 22, 2011
Over the last few years, CyArk has worked closely with Spar conference organizers to develop a strong heritage presence at the conference. As the conference officially kicks off this morning in Houst ... READ MORE

Work Begins on Next Phase of Mount Rushmore Project

by Justin Barton
March 4, 2011
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 ... READ MORE

Hawaiian Heritage Captured in 3D for Digital Preservation

by Justin Barton
December 8, 2010
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 ... READ MORE

Project Update: Mt. Rushmore

by Scott Lee
December 2, 2010
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk Announces Website Redesign

by Landon Silla
November 24, 2010
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 a ... READ MORE

CyArk Presents at 6Sight Conference

by Elizabeth Lee
November 19, 2010
This week the 6Sight annual imaging technology conference was held in San Jose, CA. CyArk was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at the event and present on 3D imaging technologies and their app ... READ MORE

CyArk Scans Hopi Petroglyphs

by Kristina Sturm
October 15, 2010
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 p ... READ MORE

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

by Lee Wayne Lomayestewa
October 15, 2010
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk Attends APT International Conference

by Justin Barton
October 14, 2010
From October 6-9, 2010, the Association for Preservation Technology held their international conference in Denver, CO, USA. CyArk was there to present in the "Documentation" session. It was a joint pr ... READ MORE

CyArk Highlighted at Innovate Oakland Event

by Elizabeth Lee
October 13, 2010
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 innovat ... READ MORE

Cliff Dwellings and Horse Packing

by Justin Barton
September 28, 2010
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 togethe ... READ MORE

Laser Scanning Success at St. Anne's Church

by Erwin Christofori
September 4, 2010
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 sever ... READ MORE

The Scottish Ten in Orkney

by Elizabeth Lee
August 25, 2010
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 UNESC ... READ MORE

New Discovery within the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl

by Myasha Nicholas
August 5, 2010
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 ... READ MORE

Laser Scanning St. Anne's Church in Vilnius, Lithuania

by Dirk Häusleigner
July 28, 2010
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 ... READ MORE

Highlights from the Mt. Rushmore Laser Scanning Project

by Elizabeth Lee
July 2, 2010
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 ... READ MORE

Managing a Digital Mount Rushmore

by Justin Barton
July 2, 2010
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk Prepares for Laser Scanning Mt. Rushmore

by Elizabeth Lee
May 8, 2010
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 ... READ MORE

Spar 2010 Wrap-up

by Elizabeth Lee
February 20, 2010
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. Sp ... READ MORE

Romanesque Church of Saint Trophime Laser Scanned

by Justin Barton
February 12, 2010
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 insc ... READ MORE

Haiti Heritage Preservation: A Call for Volunteers

by Dan Walsh
February 12, 2010
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 c ... READ MORE

King Tut's Tomb Undergoes Digital Preservation and Reproduction

by Angelica Nava
February 10, 2010
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk at SPAR 2010

by Dan Walsh
February 3, 2010
Everyone here at CyArk has been gearing up for the SPAR 2010 conference in Houston, TX next week. For those of you who don't know, SPAR 2010's focus is "all about the business and technology of captur ... READ MORE

Field Update and Media Advisory: Scanning the San Antonio Missions

by Elizabeth Lee
January 27, 2010
Last week field work began on our much anticipated San Antonio Missions project. This project, announced last December, involves the digital documentation of 4 of the Missions of San Antonio as well ... READ MORE

Scanning Erosion: Preserving the rock art of El Morro, New Mexico

by Ashley M. Richter
January 7, 2010
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 th ... READ MORE

Moen jo Daro - New Threats to Indus Valley Civilization

by Parveen Talpur
January 4, 2010
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 res ... READ MORE

Getting to Know the 5 Scottish World Heritage Sites

by Elizabeth Lee
December 31, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

Teotihuacan and the Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl

by Justin Barton
December 28, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk Gifts for the Holidays

by Dan Walsh
December 16, 2009
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 Ancien ... READ MORE

CyArk to Digitally Preserve San Antonio Missions

by Elizabeth Lee
December 1, 2009
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 Nues ... READ MORE

New 3D Model Displays - You Choose

by Dan Walsh
November 30, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

2012: Archaeology and Hollywood

by John Mink
November 21, 2009
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 Americ ... READ MORE

Mt. Rushmore Digital Preservation Project Prepares for Initial Survey

by Elizabeth Lee
November 16, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

2012: Maya Conceptions Of Time

by John Mink
November 12, 2009
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 i ... READ MORE

2012: Understanding The Maya Calendars

by John Mink
November 11, 2009
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 awar ... READ MORE

2012: Maya Perspectives and Cultural Remains

by John Mink
November 5, 2009
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, Millenaria ... READ MORE

CyArk to Host Data from Rosslyn Chapel

by Elizabeth Lee
November 2, 2009
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, Cy ... READ MORE

CyArk Welcomes Pointools as New Partner

by Justin Barton
November 1, 2009
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 cl ... READ MORE

Give a Point Cloud, Get a Point Cloud

by Dan Walsh
October 25, 2009
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 real ... READ MORE

2012: New Age Predictions

by John Mink
October 20, 2009
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 confus ... READ MORE

Ruins of Jerash Field Report - Conservation and Tourism

by Ashley M. Richter
October 17, 2009
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 complete ... READ MORE

WMF's 2010 Watch List includes CyArk Site

by Justin Barton
October 12, 2009
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 exces ... READ MORE

2012: End of the World Perceptions and Myths

by John Mink
October 9, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk's New Home on the Social Webs

by Dan Walsh
October 4, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk to Participate in First Ever Heritage Track at Leica HDS User Conference

by Elizabeth Lee
October 2, 2009
In only 3 weeks CyArk will be joining other enthusiastic laser scanning experts from around the world at the annual Leica HDS Worldwide User Conference in San Ramon, CA. The conference will take plac ... READ MORE

2012: Truth, Fiction, and the Popular Imagination

by John Mink
October 1, 2009
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 bas ... READ MORE

Field Report: Digital Preservation of Fort Laramie National Historic Site

by Justin Barton
September 20, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

Take Five: Cross-Cultural Representations of the Divine

by Lili Siegenthaler
September 10, 2009
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, Ca ... READ MORE

Recycling Monuments: The Hinduism/Buddhism Switch at Angkor

by Ashley M. Richter
September 8, 2009
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 though ... READ MORE

Better Dating Through Volcanoes

by Lili Siegenthaler
September 3, 2009
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 onl ... READ MORE

CyArk Welcomes New Volunteers to the Team

by Justin Barton
August 31, 2009
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 duri ... READ MORE

Spar 2010 Calls for Presentations

by Elizabeth Lee
August 29, 2009
Once again CyArk will be working closely with the Spar conference to organize a heritage session for their upcoming 2010 conference. The conference will take place in Houston, TX February 8-10, 2010. ... READ MORE

Fires near Greek capital of Athens

by John Mink
August 27, 2009
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 site ... READ MORE

Digitizing the Intangible

by Monica Carr
August 24, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

Carbon Dating & Archaeology

by Ashley M. Richter
August 17, 2009
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 calenda ... READ MORE

Royal Tombs of African Buganda Kings in 3D

by Justin Barton
August 13, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

Dendrochronology - Real Science VS Hollywood Forensics

by Ashley M. Richter
August 3, 2009
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. ... READ MORE

Monolithic Moai of Easter Island Captured in 3D

by John Mink
July 30, 2009
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 se ... READ MORE

CyArk Celebrates the Launch of Project 25

by Elizabeth Lee
July 30, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

Launch of the Carmelite Church of Weißenburg

by Charisse Sare
July 27, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

The Maya and Ancient Urbanization

by Ashley M. Richter
July 24, 2009
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 before ... READ MORE

Assemblage of 16th Century Portal Begins at the University of San Francisco

by Dan Walsh
July 15, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

Mt. Rushmore Selected to be First International Project in Scotland 10

by Elizabeth Lee
July 6, 2009
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 h ... READ MORE

UNESCO World Heritage Site Monte Albán of Mexico in 3D

by Justin Barton
June 25, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

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

by Dan Walsh
June 19, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

Stone Bridge of Regensburg: UNESCO World Heritage Site, Digitally Preserved

by Justin Barton
June 9, 2009
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 ‘ ... READ MORE

Laser Scanning the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Trophime

by Elizabeth Lee
May 18, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

Ancient Stone Tenon Heads Discovered in Ancash, Peru

by Nicole Medina
May 12, 2009
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 archa ... READ MORE

Laser Scanning the Underworld of Rome

by Justin Barton
May 5, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

Digital Documentation Conference Doubles in Size in Second Year

by Elizabeth Lee
April 30, 2009
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, Hexago ... READ MORE

CyArk Helps Kick-Off Euromed Heritage ATHENA Project

by Elizabeth Lee
April 16, 2009
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 an ... READ MORE

Cultural Heritage and Identity in the Wake of the L'Aquila Earthquake

by Nicole Medina
April 14, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk Enjoys Large Presence at CAA and Spar 2009

by Elizabeth Lee
April 6, 2009
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 lar ... READ MORE

Dynamite Damages Ancient Reliefs in Turkey

by Justin Barton
April 3, 2009
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 K ... READ MORE

The Historic Acania Boat is Scanned for Restoration

by Justin Barton
March 31, 2009
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. Shakh ... READ MORE

Early Hominid Footprints Discovered in Africa

by Nicole Medina
March 10, 2009
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 jour ... READ MORE

Top 10 Endangered Heritage Sites - Urbanization

by John Mink
March 8, 2009
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 cu ... READ MORE

Ben Kacyra to Speak at Digital Documentation Conference

by Dan Walsh
February 27, 2009
On April 22nd and 23rd, the 2nd annual Digital Documentation conference will be held at the Old Fruitmarket in the heart of Glasgow's Merchant City. Digital Documentation 2009 will have twelve present ... READ MORE

Cultural Heritage as Lawsuit Pay-out?

by Justin Barton
February 23, 2009
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 Em ... READ MORE

China Wants Zodiac Sculptures Returned

by Dan Walsh
February 17, 2009
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 c ... READ MORE

Top 5 Endangered Heritage Sites - Desertification

by John Mink
February 9, 2009
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 t ... READ MORE

Digital Archaeology Workshops February 2009

by Elizabeth Lee
February 5, 2009
February 19th-22nd, 2009 Truro College will host the Digital Archaeology Workshops. This workshop has attracted a group of international delegates to discuss and promote the development and more wide ... READ MORE

CyArk to Sponsor Heritage Sessions at Spar 2009

by Elizabeth Lee
January 28, 2009
The annual Spar conference on 3D Imaging and Scanning will be held in Denver, Colorado, March 30- April 1. Spar is the world's best attended 3D imaging and scanning-focused conference. The conferenc ... READ MORE

Top 5 Endangered Heritage Sites - Tourism

by John Mink
January 19, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

Top 5 Endangered Heritage Sites - Acid Rain

by John Mink
January 9, 2009
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk to Chair Session at CAA 2009 in Williamsburg, Virginia

by Elizabeth Lee
December 17, 2008
This year CyArk will chair a session at the Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) conference to be held in Williamsburg, Virginia. As taken from their website, "The CAA ... READ MORE

Top 5 Endangered Heritage Sites- Flooding and Dambuilding

by John Mink
December 15, 2008
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 N ... READ MORE

China Takes Unusual Measures to Gain UNESCO Listing

by Dan Walsh
December 12, 2008
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 thin ... READ MORE

10 Amazing Heritage Sites I Recently Discovered

by Erika Blecha
December 1, 2008
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 b ... READ MORE

CyArk Presents at DMACH Conference

by Elizabeth Lee
November 15, 2008
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 A ... READ MORE

Stay Informed with the CyArk Loop

by Dan Walsh
November 10, 2008
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 ... READ MORE

Iraqi Scholars Work with CyArk to Create a Digital Nineveh

by Elizabeth Lee
November 4, 2008
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 bl ... READ MORE

Inaugural CyArk Development Workshop at Monte Alban

by Ben Kacyra
October 20, 2008
Last week we held the inaugural CyArk development workshop at Monte Alban, Mexico. Several VIP's traveled to Oaxaca in order to learn more about CyArk and discuss future development opportunities. A ... READ MORE

Adventures in Archaeology at Monte Alban

by Elizabeth Lee
October 13, 2008
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 ... READ MORE

CyArk Digitally Reconstructs 16th Century Portal

by Elizabeth Lee
August 1, 2008
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 Sa ... READ MORE

South Korea’s historic Namdaemun Gate destroyed by fire

by John Mink
February 13, 2008
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 Feb ... READ MORE

Heritage Makes a Strong Showing at Annual Leica Geosystems User Conference

by John Loomis
October 31, 2007
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 ... READ MORE

2007 Ancient Merv Project: High Definition Documentation

by Justin Barton
October 27, 2007
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 C ... READ MORE

CyArk Travels to Mesa Verde National Park

by Elizabeth Lee
September 11, 2007
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 abo ... READ MORE

Consequences of Global Warming

by Landon Silla
August 22, 2007
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 agr ... READ MORE

Global Warming’s Effect on Heritage Sites

by Landon Silla
August 15, 2007
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 real ... READ MORE

Frequently Asked Questions - Hazard Map

by Landon Silla
August 14, 2007
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 plea ... READ MORE

The NEW 7 Wonders of the World

by Dan Walsh
June 14, 2007
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 Wo ... READ MORE

CyArk Presenting at Japanese American Museum of San Jose

by Elizabeth Lee
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CyArk Presenting at Japanese American Museum of San Jose

by Elizabeth Lee
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