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Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL 32306-0001)
Michael David Carrasco (Project Director: September 2013 to May 2016)
The Mesoamerican Corpus of Formative Period Art and Writing

The development of a prototype database and complementary tools to facilitate analysis of Mesoamerican iconography and art objects from the Formative period, 1500-400 BCE.

This project explores the origins and development of the first writing in the New World by constructing a comprehensive database of Formative period, 1500-400 BCE, iconography and a suite of database-driven digital tools. In collaboration with two of the largest repositories of Formative period Mesoamerican art in Mexico, the project integrates the work of archaeologists, art historians, and scientific computing specialists to plan and begin the production of a database, digital assets, and visual search software that permit the visualization of spatial, chronological, and contextual relationships among iconographic and archaeological datasets. These resources will eventually support mobile and web based applications that allow for the search, comparison, and analysis of a corpus of material currently only partially documented. The start-up phase will generate a functional prototype database, project website, wireframe user interfaces, and a report summarizing project development.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Art History and Criticism

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

$59,993 (approved)
$59,948 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 9/30/2015