Symposium at Rochester: Contemporary Themes in 3D Archaeological Computing


I am going to be speaking on December 4th 2013 at a symposium on 3d digital archaeology. The symposium, organised by Renato Perucchi and Elizabeth Colantoni at the University of Rochester, will discuss state-of-the-art multidisciplinary issues bridging the humanities and the applied sciences related to 3D modeling, visualization, and analysis including engineering evaluations of complex archaeological structures and data.

I will be talking under the broad title “Contemporary Themes in 3D Archaeological Computing”. The paper will focus on examples drawn from our many years of work at Portus. I will introduce the reconstruction workflow described at the time of our BBC documentary, and then consider ways in which the use of such digital approaches can inform and re-orientate efforts to communicate archaeological knowledge. Alongside the learning opportunities on site provided by the Portus Field School we are in the process of developing a Massive Open Online Course for Portus and interactive tours. We have also been exploring a range of approaches for conveying a sense of spatial engagement with Portus for learners and other virtual visitors. 3d and imaging tools, alongside mobile/ pervasive media and web science all have significant roles to play as we attempt to provide meaningful rather than superficial (3d) interactions.

If you would like to contribute online or to find out more about these issues follow my @GraemeEarl tweets from the symposium and also follow @PortusMOOC I will post a storify here and the slideshare content is below.