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The ACRG Seminar Series provides a platform for members of the research group, colleagues within the University of Southampton, as well as external scholars and professionals, to present, discuss and engage with research into digital methods in archaeology. This includes opportunity to present and get feedback on their current work in progress, present completed projects or open discussion on multidisciplinary approaches to a given topic and build collaborations.

The series primarily aims to engage postgraduate students (both taught and research) and early career researchers with the intention to create a collaborative cross-disciplinary forum, consisting of people with a background in archaeology, humanities, computer science, web science and beyond.

Workshop: Archaeological Data Management and Archiving

Archaeology is in a special position with respect to archiving because archaeological fieldwork, which creates archaeological data, also destroys the primary in situ archaeological evidence itself. Increasingly, the digital record may be the only source of information about archaeological research materials. It is essential, therefore, that the digital records that describe archaeological resources be made accessible and that their preservation be ensured. Continue reading →

Joining the Dots with Pelagios 3

The Pelagios 3 project is a community-driven initiative led by the University of Southampton that is annotating, linking and indexing place references in documents that use written or visual representation to describe geographic space prior to the European discovery of the Americas in 1492. They include ancient and medieval geographic descriptions (geographiae and chorographiae and itineraries) world maps (mappaemundi) and portolan charts. Continue reading →

A Tale of Two Villages: How Food Exchange Led to Aggregation in the American Southwest

In this talk I use computer simulation to explore the extent to which food-sharing practices would have been instrumental for the survival of Ancestral Pueblo people across the patchy landscape of the Prehispanic American Southwest. Social networks would have created stable bonds among these exchanging individuals, further helping the survival of those individuals and their progeny. Continue reading →

Multi-model inference, visual affordance, and point process analysis of a Bronze Age settlement on Leskernick Hill

Information criterion is a robust and flexible inferential framework that offers an alternative to the traditional hypothesis testing approach adopted by most archaeologists. Rather than testing the empirical record against a pre-defined null model, information criteria provides a statistical tool to compare alternative models and suggest whether one of them is better than the others. Continue reading →

How to make

How does material or information pass through the generations? As affect, as engram, as copy: mediated by the technologies of its reproduction. The re-use of objects, of commodities within art has a rich lineage of traditions, assemblage, bricolage, ready-made, collage and recently circuit bending, the creative short-circuiting of electronic gadgets. This repurposing of obsolescence has also become a tool of Media Archaeology, a ‘methodology for lost ideas’. J. Continue reading →

Romanisation, territory and landscape in Roman Baetica: an insight from archaeological spatial analysis and statistics

This seminar will deal with alternative insights into the issue of Romanisation (understood as the cultural change between pre-Roman and Roman times) in the south of the Iberian peninsula. Traditional ways to deal with Romanisation have focused on archaeological items such as pottery, funerary traditions and architecture, and therefore have studied individual elements of the archaeological record as evidence for cultural change. Continue reading →

ACRG Seminar: Laser scanning at Ostia and Pompei

Laser scanning at Ostia and Pompei: architecture and urban infrastructure Professor Yoshiki Hori from the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at Kyushu University, Japan, will speak about  his laser scanning survey of the Roman towns of Pompeii and Ostia. Hori's research has used laser scanning to improve upon the accuracy of traditional drawings used to record these sites, as well as exploring different properties of the sites' structures. Continue reading →