UCL Centre for Digital Humanities


Digital Excursion: Digitising Archaeology

08 June 2010, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Digital Excursions

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UCL Institute of Archaeology

We are pleased to announce our second Digital Excursion, which will take place at the UCL Institute of Archaeology where the following four projects will be showcased:

  • The study of botanical remains using microscopes and digital cameras and discussion of the problems of scanning small scale objects. Guests will have the opportunity to examine through microscopes plant material from one of the world's finest botanical collections.
  • Digital photographic equipment used in archaeology, with discussion of the transition from analogue to digital techniques in teaching and research. Guests will examine a recently 're-discovered' collection of photographic plates in need of digitisation.
  • The Institute of Archaeology Collections, including artefacts from prehistoric Europe, the ancient Near East, Egypt, the Americas and beyond. Guests will have the rare opportunity to handle objects and discuss the potential for collaborative development of artefact digitisation projects and expansion of the online catalogue.
  • Digital preservation of the ancient world heritage site of Merv in collaboration with CyArk. Guests will learn about this ancient city which lies beneath the Karakum desert, and its documentation using long range 3D laser scanning.

Project showcasing will be followed by a wine reception in the Leventis Gallery where guests will have the opportunity to network with each other, speak further with the various presenters, and meet other members of the Institute of Archaeology.