Digital Applications in Archaeology 2019 Workshop & Forum

Friday, 29th of November 2019

This free event was hosted by the University of Melbourne and organised by Dr Aleks Michalewicz. The day was broken into two parts, a Workshop led by Dr Ian Johnson on sustainable archaeological data practices, and a Forum with multiple speakers from across academia and the commercial sector presenting case studies applying digital technologies to archaeological problems.

You can download the final program here.

This event was sponsored by SHAPS and the Digital Studio, Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne and CAA Australasia.


WORKSHOP 10.00 – 11.40

Dr Ian Johnson, the University of Sydney

Building, using and publishing re-usable archaeological data

This workshop will examine the background to archaeological computing and databases, and where we are heading in terms of sustainability, reusability and long-term preservation.

The barriers to good practice are informational rather than technical. Open source tools and standards are there for the taking but the effort lies in tracking them down. The workshop will start with a quick review of the issues in building and sharing sustainable and reusable data and provide examples and pointers to available solutions. Far from being more expensive, a well-informed choice of approach can bring both short and long-term savings.

We will then build a working archaeological application using Heurist, a free, open source web database service with a very broad set of capabilities. We will borrow selectively from existing templates to shortcut the building of a complex interlinked system and you should end up with a clear idea of how to modify this application further to build a database for your research or practice.

FORUM 11.40 – 5.30

  • Dr Michelle Negus Cleary, Dr Vincent Clark and Associates – Digital applications in contract archaeology
  • Kellie Youngs – Digitising Cypriot glass and faience: production, innovation and interconnections in the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean
  • Dr Emily Fitzgerald and Dr Aleks Michalewicz – The Samtavro Cemetery data visualisation project
  • A/Prof Andrew Jamieson – Archaeology, curriculum engagement, object-based learning and digital applications
  • Ben Waters, Siii Projects – A museum made digital
  • Dr Sharyn Volk – Tomb in a Box: Interactive Tactile and Auditory OBL experiences
  • Grace Quiason and Mitch Buzza – Arts eTeaching – producing ancient world digital media content
  • Dr Simon Young, Lithodomos VR – Virtual reality and the reconstruction of ancient worlds
  • Final discussion and adjourn for drinks

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