UBC’s Archaeology Day Symposium, “Digital Perspectives on the Past: New Methods and Research in Digital Archaeology” is coming up on Saturday March 15:
Digital methods are revolutionizing the way most archaeologists do their work. New geospatial technologies, including ground-based and airborne methods of remote sensing (e.g., laser scanning, or the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or “drones”) now allow for the rapid and accurate 3D recording of archaeological phenomena from single artifacts to excavation units and even entire landscapes. Analog data from earlier projects are being digitized, providing fresh insights and re-interpretations as they are analyzed in new ways. Geographical Information Systems have become increasingly important as a means of integrating these digital data streams and have moved beyond traditional uses in predictive modeling to more nuanced ways of looking at human-environment interactions. The visualization of data in 3D is allowing the virtual exploration of various archaeological discoveries, providing not just an important means of public engagement, but allowing us to ask new questions of the things we find. Archaeologists are only beginning to come to terms with the practical and ethical implications of this rapid digital transformation. This symposium explores some of this new terrain, while showcasing current work in the digital realm by archaeologists working at UBC, SFU, University of Victoria, and beyond.
We are delighted to have been asked to present on our efforts to digitize the CNERS Department teaching collections, and Maude Côté-Landry will be speaking on behalf of the team. It is also a great chance to see Dr. Kevin Fisher present his work on Bronze Age Cyprus, where he is using some exciting cutting edge technology, including the “octocopter” below.
Please check out the program below, and if you’re local, we hope to see you there!