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Gabriella Wellons is a senior undergraduate in the History of Art Department. Her research focuses on Moche culture of ancient Peru (ca. 250–850 CE), where graffiti markings have been discovered on the mural walls of the Huaca de la Luna archaeological site. Gabriella is using reconstructive software for rendering high fidelity photographs of individual graffito into 3D photogrammetric models. This procedure is most advantageous for graffiti incisions, which are difficult to visualize in their standard 2D representations. She is also using geospatial analysis to assess the geographical distributions of graffiti throughout the ceremonial complex and their significance within the larger architectural landscape. This research project extends beyond canonical studies of Moche visual culture in acknowledging the agency of the graffiti-makers, as well as the constraints under which these individuals created pictographic images.