3D Visualisation Technologies and immersive experiences in reconstructed archaeological sites – Simon Young

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Arts West Collaborative Space, Room 356
25 August, 1-2.15pm


As affordable 3D visualisation technology improves at a breathtaking pace, digital renderings of ancient cityscapes are now commonly employed in archaeological presentations and publications. With the development of a variety of head mounted virtual reality devices, many of which are currently hitting the market, it will not be long before this technology is used for archaeological demonstrations. Yet, as we strive for ever more photorealistic digital simulations of the ancient world, we must pause to assess the real usefulness of employing such technology to communicate archaeological theories and findings, and consider potential pitfalls that we may fall into in our haste to embrace these exciting new developments.

Simon Young is a PhD student in Classical archaeology working on observer experiences of ancient cityscapes. During his research Simon has become acquainted with 3D visualisation software (and through the use of photogrammetry and 3D printing) and has created archaeologically correct digital reconstructions of ancient cityscapes. He has also incorporated Virtual Reality devices (particularly the Oculus Rift) to experience ancient cities on site. For further information about Simon’s immersive reality projects, go to his Lithodomos site.

Digitalising the Roman Campagna – Lisa Beaven and Katrina Grant

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Arts West Collaborative Space, Room 356
11 August, 1-2.15pm

In their presentation Lisa Beaven and Katrina Grant will discuss the geo-mapping project, Digitalising the Roman Campagna, which is being developed in conjunction with the British School at Rome library. The aim ultimately is to create a digital map of the Roman Campagna that could function as a database and repository of information about both the classical and early modern Campagna. The aim is to take two rare, and rarely seen, maps of the Roman Campagna in the early modern period and transform them into new forms of technology and interdisciplinary resources for generations of scholars. The two maps digitalised so far are Giacomo Filippo Ameti’s Il Lazio con le sue conspicue Strade Antiche e Moderne (1693), and Giovani Battista Cingolani della Pergola’s Topografia Geometrica dell’Agro Romano, of 1704 (second edition). One of the primary aims of the project is to connect to the map some of the 1,200 photographs of the Campagna, also in the British School at Rome.

Lisa Beaven is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ‘Change’ Program of the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions led by Professor Charles Zika. Her publications include An Ardent Patron: Cardinal Camillo Massimo and his artistic and antiquarian circle: Claude Lorrain, Nicolas Poussin and Diego Velazquez (2010). Her research interests are concentrated in the area of patronage and art collecting in seventeenth century Rome, digital mapping, and relics. Lisa is also a research investigator with the Transformative Technologies Research Unit.

Katrina Grant is the editor of the Melbourne Art Network. Her publications include ‘Hedge Theatres of Lucca’ in Art, Site and Spectacle (ed. David R. Marshall), 2007, ‘Planting ‘Italian Gusto’ in ‘a Gothick Country’: The influence of Filippo Juvarra on William Kent’, in Roma Brittannica: Art Patronage and Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-century Rome, 2011, and Gardens in Lucca’, in Place: An Interdisciplinary e-journal, vol. 1, 2007.