Cerenis an agricultural village in El Salvador that was buried in ash nearly fourteen centuries ago. Ceren is registered as a UN Heritage site and has been called the "Pompeii of the New World." Discovered in 1976 by Payson D. Sheets, an anthropology professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and under continuous excavation and study since, Ceren offers exciting opportunities to study household archaeology. In 1995 the Sundance Laboratory began to explore the use of visualization and computer modeling to represent and understand archaeological data at Ceren.
The following pages are experiments using computer models,
movies, QTVR, Shockwave and Java to display and describe material from Ceren. Our
goal is to develop innovative ways to combine computer graphics modeling, the
World Wide Web, and multimedia database technologies to deliver an exciting on-line
To view this site you will need all of the plug-ins described on the
previous page. The pop-up menu will guide
you through the site.
Faculty Advisors: Mark D. Gross, Payson D. Sheets.
The Ceren Web Resouce was developed at the Sundance Laboratory for Computing in Design and Planning, a joint project between the University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning and the Department of Anthropology.
For more information on Ceren contact Payson Sheets.
For more information on the multimedia site contact Mark Gross.
Special Thanks To:
College of Architecture and Planning (undergraduate) student team:
Matthew Bayless, Justin Call, Ethan deFrees, Judy Hodge, Mary Jannik, Ian Page-Echols, Steve Perce, Natat Poomviset and Eric Sommerfeld.
CD ROM conversion: Peter Kappus
Department of Anthropology doctoral students: Linda Brown and Scott Simmons.
University of Colorado office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, David Groth.
CU Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).
University of Colorado, President's Initiative Fund for Teaching Technology.