Seminar: Various presenters - Visualisation and Digitisation - alternative approaches to traditional research in the Arts

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 13:00 - 14:30


This is the first in a monthly series of workshops/seminars organised by the Transformative Technologies Research Unit. The sessions will be informal, and presentations will be brief to allow for discussion. All welcome.

3D Visualisation Technologies and immersive experiences in reconstructed archaeological sites - Simon Young

As affordable 3D visualisation technology improves at a breathtaking pace, digital renderings of ancient cityscapes are now commonly employed in archaeological presentations and publications. With the development of a variety of head mounted virtual reality devices, many of which are currently hitting the market, it will not be long before this technology is used for archaeological demonstrations. Yet, as we strive for ever more photorealistic digital simulations of the ancient world, we must pause to assess the real usefulness of employing such technology to communicate archaeological theories and findings, and consider potential pitfalls that we may fall into in our haste to embrace these exciting new developments.

Digitalising the Roman Campagna - Lisa Beaven and Katrina Grant

In their presentation Lisa and Kat will discuss the geo-mapping project, Digitalising the Roman Campagna, which is being developed in conjunction with the British School at Rome library. The aim ultimately is to create a digital map of the Roman Campagna that could function as a database and repository of information about both the classical and early modern Campagna. The aim is to take two rare, and rarely seen, maps of the Roman Campagna in the early modern period and transform them into new forms of technology and interdisciplinary resources for generations of scholars. The two maps digitalised so far are Giacomo Filippo Ameti's Il Lazio con le sue conspicue Strade Antiche e Moderne (1693), and Giovani Battista Cingolani della Pergola's Topografia Geometrica dell'Agro Romano, of 1704 (second edition). One of the primary aims of the project is to connect to the map some of the 1,200 photographs of the Campagna, also in the British School at Rome.

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