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Steps Toward a Digital Archaeology: New Approaches to Ancient Built Environments

Date and Time: 
Friday, February 25, 2022. 12:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Zoom
Workshop: 
The Future of the Past: Classics & Technology
Meeting Description: 

Dr. Fisher will discuss some of the new digital/geospatial methods for detecting, recording and visualizing past built environments at various scales from specific excavation contexts, to individual buildings and entire urban landscapes. Through his research in Cyprus with the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project as well as other digital initiatives, he will illustrate the use of various remote sensing technologies (archaeological geophysics, photogrammetry and terrestrial LiDAR) and methods of visualizing past built environments through 3D modeling and extended reality (i.e. virtual, augmented, and mixed reality). This talk will address the potential and limitations of these methods to illuminate aspects of the material past.

Dr. Kevin Fisher is an anthropological archaeologist interested in the relationship between people and their built environments, urbanism and the social dynamics of ancient cities, and the application of digital technologies for recording, analyzing, and visualizing archaeological phenomena. He received a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Toronto (2007) and has since held postdoctoral fellowships at Cornell University, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University, the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) at the University of Arkansas, and with the Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) Project at the University of Toronto. His research focuses mainly on the early complex societies of the eastern Mediterranean and Near East, especially Cyprus, although he has worked on projects in Greece, Jordan, Peru, Guatemala, the United States and Canada. He is currently Co-director of the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project, an investigation of the relationship between urban landscapes, interaction, and social change in Late Bronze Age Cyprus (c. 1700-1100 BCE).

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