Teaching/Research Staff Member
Chiara Piccoli is currently employed as a part-time Teaching/Research staff member of the Digital Archaeology Research group. She teaches 3D modelling in archaeology and is the internship coordinator of the MSc in Digital Archaeology. Her expertise lies in the use of 3D modelling techniques and 2D-3D GIS to visualize and analyse archaeological evidence. For her PhD research (Leiden University, 2018) she focussed on the development of a research-driven, intellectually transparent 3D reconstruction of the urban site of Koroneia in Boeotia (Greece), by integrating GIS with a rule-based 3D modelling approach. Her work aimed to make a practical contribution to a new understanding and use of 3D reconstructions, namely as research tools and ‘laboratories’ to visualize, evaluate and discuss alternative interpretations. Moreover, it contextualized present-day digital 3D reconstructions within the long history of visual representations starting from the antiquarian illustrations of the early modern period. This research has resulted in the book Visualizing cityscapes of Classical antiquity: From early modern reconstruction drawings to digital 3D models (Archaeopress 2018) available here in open access.
Her research interests include urban studies, visual culture, the history of antiquarian and archaeological illustrations, and the exploitation of digital tools and 3D technologies for documentation, visualization, analysis and dissemination.
Chiara obtained a BA in Cultural Heritage at the University of Trento (cum laude) and an MA in Greek and Roman Archaeology at the University of Siena (cum laude). She has participated in several excavations and surveys in Italy, Greece and Morocco. From 2010 to 2014, she was employed at the Faculty of Archaeology of Leiden University as a researcher for the European project CEEDS, which aimed at developing novel integrated technologies that support experiencing, analysing and understanding complex datasets. Besides her archaeological curriculum, she obtained a Master Degree in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University (cum laude), where she gained also experience in the digitization of archival sources. Her MA thesis was awarded the 2011 Tiele-Stichting prize as the best thesis in the field of Book History in the Netherlands.