Modelling Mexican Mayan temples in 3D

Two successful field campaigns (Calakmul in 2010, Edzna in 2013) have been undertaken by our department to map Mexican Mayan temples in 3D. At the sites of Calakmul and Edzna, the archaeological structures were photographed from different angles and additionally a large number of topographical measurements and GNSS observations were completed. The resulting 3D models are highly accurate and can help the Mexican Anthropological Institute (INAH) in managing this heritage. Furthermore, the models are used to develop an online management and analysis environment or 3D GIS model.

Research units

Staff members


  • Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) (campagne Calakmul & Edzna)

  • UNESCO (campagne Calakmul)

  • Université de Liège (campagne Calakmul)

  • GIM (campagne Calakmul)

  • BELSPO (campagne Calakmul)