Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Digital Saqqara - from bits of paper to bites of data

Scott Williams, PhD student at Cardiff University, will be talking about mapping the ritual landscape at Saqqara. While traditionally Egyptologists have relied upon published literature to understand this landscape, digital technologies are providing the opportunity to combine this paper-based media with GIS and field survey data to assemble an advanced multi-layered, three-dimensional representation of the complex funerary landscape of North Saqqara.


This three-dimensional simulation and representation permits new approaches to the study of landscapes which are no longer extant or accessible, allowing exploration and examination from different perspectives. These technologies continue to be underpinned by an academic framework through the application of the latest theoretical methodologies within archaeological GIS, and through this approach the geo-referenced landscape model will provide a digital research heuristic.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Introducing our first three keynotes...

We are very pleased to announce our first three keynote speakers for Digital Past 2016: Anthony Corns (Discovery Programme Ireland), Andrew Lewis (V&A) and Jon Munro (Visit Wales, Cinch).

Anthony is Technology Manager for The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland, an institute with the mission "to explore Ireland’s past and its cultural heritage by conducting advanced research in Irish archaeology and related disciplines and by disseminating its findings widely to the global community." A fundamental part of this aim is to carry out this research using the most modern tools available, and to encourage the participation of a much wider community outside the confines of archaeologists and historians.

Andrew is Digital Content Delivery Manager at the V&A, part of a team responsible for all things digital in the museum. As the World's leading museum of art and design, the V&A aims to enrich people's lives through "promoting the practise of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world". The delivery of material digitally, be it online or in the museum, is playing an increasingly large role in this.

Jon Munro is Head of Digital Leadership at Visit Wales and managing director of Cinch, a digital and destination marketing consultancy. Visit Wales is the Welsh Government's tourism team and its principal role is to provide leadership and strategic direction to the Welsh tourism industry, including in the areas of heritage, faith and digital tourism.