The Proyecto Arqueológico Waka’ (PAW) at the site of El Perú-Waka’ in Petén, Guatemala, undertook a photogrammetric recording process during the 2018 field season, focused on documenting its monuments. In this process, a series of photos are entered into Agisoft PhotoScan, a software that creates 3D models on the computer using these images. These models may be used to produce digital and physical replicas. Digital models give researchers anywhere the opportunity to study monuments in depth at any time. Photogrammetry has the potential to make information more accessible to broader publics. The practice of indigenous archaeology focuses on including the surrounding indigenous population in decision making and information sharing throughout the archaeological excavation process. One way this information can be shared with the community is by creating detailed multilingual signage written in the local language, in this case, Qeq’chi’ Maya. This paper focuses on the methodology of the photogrammetry process and the incorporation of indigenous archaeological practice between the PAW and the community of Paso Caballos. Using El Perú’s Stela 44 as an example, this paper showcases how the digital replica was made and how a physical replica and its accompanying new multilingual signage can exemplify indigenous archaeology at Waka’. These steps can help to guide the future developments at the site.


Navarro-Farr, Olivia




Archaeological Anthropology


Maya, Photogrammetry, Indigenous Archaeology, Qeq'chi', Archaeology, Stelae

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



© Copyright 2019 Hannah Paredes