The Digital Heritage and Humanities Collections used a combination of 3D imaging and survey technologies to document and conduct analyses and conservation suggestions for the Haghpat Monastery Complex, a World Heritage listed site in northern Armenia that dates to the 10th century. This project is the first in a series of planned digital documentation surveys at significant Armenian sites as part of the USF Library’s Armenian Heritage and Social Memory Program.

Project Video

This narrated video explains the project goals and work conducted at the Haghpat Monastery.

Photogrammetry Site Model

This model allows exploration of the various buildings at the monastery complex. This 3D model- created using photogrammetry collected from a UAV drone – has annotations to identify and explain each building.

Virgin Chapel 3D Model

The Virgin Chapel at Haghpat was documented in our survey using a variety of techniques including 3D laser scanning that enabled the creation of CAD drawings and models. Our 3D models are also enabled for use with virtual reality headsets, and provide immersive learning opportunities that take you to the site. Annotations in the model highlight important features, and can be used in curriculum development and outreach efforts promoting heritage stewardship and conservation ethics.


Amenaprktich Khachkar

This ornate Khachkar, or cross stone, was laser scanned with a structured light instrument (Artec scanner) as part of the digital documentation survey at Haghpat Monastery by the University of South Florida. The DHHC’s Jorge Gonzalez has produced the 3D final model and it is easily explored and studied using our 3D viewing and collection sharing options.
This particular model was chosen as a Staff Pick by Sketchfab- a 3D model sharing website, and was a top 10 finalist for the National Science Foundation’s Vizzie Awards.

Digitally Repaired Khachkar

This cross stone was damaged (shown with break on the left in image below). Through our digital documentation using laser scanning, we were able to repair the piece virtually to what it would have looked like prior to the break. This “repaired” piece can be used for 3D printing and reconstruction and is a means of conservation, making the piece highly accessible to everyone for study.

We would like to thank the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Catholicosate of All Armenians for their support of the project.

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