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Workshop Digital Pasts

  • Annelies Van de Ven (University of Melbourne)
Thursday 21 June 2018
University Library
Witte Singel 27
2311 BG Leiden
Heinsius room

Exploring the research, teaching and engagement potential of digitisation in archaeology

Annelies van de Ven
3D scanning an artefact

A common misunderstanding that people have around archaeology, is that its only purview is the physical excavation of past structures. As those of us within the field know, Archaeology is actually a bit of a chimeric discipline. While these physical excavations remain central to archaeological practice, their primacy in popular conceptions often obscure the equally significant practices of survey, post-excavation finds processing, long-term conservation work, and digital recording strategies, among others. This final practice, the digital recording and dissemination of sites and objects has begun to take an even more significant role in the field of archaeology, as funding cuts and ongoing conflicts have forced us to rethink the nature of our engagement with the past.

In this workshop Annelies Van de Ven will highlight some of the ways that digital humanities have altered how we interact with archaeological materials. She will demonstrate how these new technologies and methodologies have helped find solutions to problems such as data-sharing, public engagement and record storage, focusing primarily on the methods of digital imaging. Showing examples from her own work, including the digitisation of a portion of the Liagre Böhl collection, and from ground-breaking projects across the field, she will present new opportunities and pathways for research.

The workshop will end with a discussion and an interactive demonstration of 3D scanning a cuneiform tablet.

We have a limited amount of seats available. Please register in advance by sending an e-mail to persiababylonia@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

About the speaker
Dr. Annelies Van de Ven recently completed a PhD in Archaeology and Museology at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her work focuses on the reception of Middle Eastern archaeology, looking at a diverse set of engagements, from scholarly interpretations to modern art.

This workshop is organised by ERC project Persia and Babylonia and the Netherlands Institute for the Near East.

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