Mapping the Unmappable: GIS, Material Culture, and the Archaeology of Human-Digital Spaces

Mapping the Unmappable: GIS, Material Culture, and the Archaeology of Human-Digital Spaces
Date
19 October 2021, 4.00pm - 5.15pm
Type
Seminar
Venue
Online- via Zoom
Description


Archaeological landscapes in the natural world go hand-in-hand with Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping: a junction of field observation, recording, and software tools to answer research questions, providing rich documentation and visualization of geolocative data. Advancements in digital archaeology need to keep pace with increasing human populations within virtual worlds and video games. This includes defining tools and methods to create similar maps in GIS software of digital built environments in order to record evidence of human use from the inside out. How can the archaeologist create data-rich maps of synthetic spaces? More difficult (and perhaps even more important) is the question of how to create maps when the environments are created not by a designer, but rather by procedural algorithms? This lecture will explain the successes and failures of early attempts to map what was previously unmappable.

Speaker: Andrew Reinhard (New York University)


This seminar is co-hosted by the Digital Humanities Research Hub, University of London, UK, and Star-UBB Institute of Advanced Studies, University Babeș-Bolyai, Cluj Napoca, Romania.


All welcome

This event is free to attend, but booking is required. 

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