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Connectivity and Temporality in Archaeological Geospatial Research and 3D Modeling

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 7, 2019. 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Archaeology Center, Building 500
Workshop: 
Archaeology: Connectivity and Temporality, An Archaeological View
Meeting Description: 

Geospatial analysis in archaeology is often thought of as a field recording or analytical tool, while 3D modeling tends towards material object or immersive site re-creations. When applied in a theoretical or interpretive fashion however, some of the most interesting and useful applications of geospatial analysis and modeling are in simulating mobility and connectedness between sites or decision-making across cognitive landscapes. Likewise, experimenting with photorealistic animations of changing environments over long periods of time provides interesting insights into the temporality of landscapes and our place in the climate change narrative. Here, Professor Thomas Whitley will present examples of his research projects that specifically look at the concepts of connectivity and temporality. They include examples from Europe, Australia, and California.

Thomas Whitley graduated with his BA in anthropology from the University of Washington in 1987. He went to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, completing his MA in anthropology in 1990, and PhD (under Jerry Sabloff and Kathleen Allen) in 2000. Between 1990 and 2013, he worked in cultural resources management full time, first for the Cultural Resource Management Program in Pittsburgh, then the Zuni Cultural Resource Enterprise in New Mexico, and Brockington and Associates, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia. Between 2013 and 2016, he had a teaching appointment at the University of Western Australia, in Perth, and directed the Masters of Professional Archaeology Degree Program there. In 2016, I accepted the position of Director of the Anthropological Studies Center, and associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Sonoma State University. I have directed more than 800 projects in 42 of the 50 US states, and around 13 foreign countries.

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