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Digital Excursion: Institute of Archaeology quick review

By Claire S Ross, on 10 June 2010

Tuesday night saw our digital excursion to the Institute of Archaeology .  It was a great event looking at four different elements of archaeology that utilise digital technology and in particular to see expertise that the Institute contains.  Guests were split into small groups to view the showscases below:

  • The Institute of Archaeology holds an extensive teaching collections of artefactual material, including artefacts from prehistoric Europe, the ancient Near East, Egypt, the Americas and beyond. We had the pleasure of  handling some very exciting objects, in particular a really nice piece from Olduvai Gorge!  the Institute also has a collections database which they are looking to expand.
  • We also had the opportunity to examine  plant material from one of the world’s finest botanical collections. Personally I’m not very good at looking throught through microscopes I end up squinting through one eye.  It was really good to see all the work that goes into the analysis of archaeological botanical remains and how they are utilisng digital cameras and live streaming.
  • We also looked at a 3D documentation project at World Heritage Site Merv in collaboration with CyArk. You can read more about the project here
  • We also saw Digital photographic equipment used in archaeology,  where we discussed the importance of photography in teaching and research, and the transition from analogue to digital techniques, as well as dicussing photgraphy platforms.

Some images from the event (sorry for the low quality – the iphone was all we had to hand).