One of the biggest questions when it comes to historical sites and artifacts is that of how to preserve them for future generations. As they age, they begin to deteriorate and will eventually disappear altogether.

But what if we could preserve even those sites that are too large for a museum?

That’s the inspiration behind an ongoing mapping project from CyArk and Trimble: to document and preserve historical sites associated with the harrowing legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The effects of this era still ripple through our society, carrying with them tales of prejudice and violence—and even today, we still have much to learn from it.

Creating Models of Landmarks

The project’s goal is to create digital models of 10 cultural heritage sites, spread across western Africa and the Americas, using 3D point clouds generated by LiDAR and photogrammetry technology. These models will then be placed into a free online library for public access, much like the…

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