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Sunday, October 8 • 8:30am - 10:00am
From the Ground Up: Digital Approaches to the Ancient Past

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From the Ground Up: Digital Approaches to the Ancient Past

Lindsey Mazurek (Bucknell University), R. Benjamin Gorham (University of Virginia), and Daniel P. Diffendale (University of Michigan)

In this panel discussion, we examine how digital approaches are reshaping classical studies, archaeology, and history. Because scholars of the ancient Mediterranean work with incomplete data sets ravaged by time, we are increasingly employing digital approaches to reconstruct lost information and open up new areas of research. In social history, data visualization and textual analysis allow us to reconstruct more dynamic and unstable networks and grapple more complexly with questions of social agency and influence. For classical archaeologists, digital approaches allow us not only to preserve archaeological information, but also to pursue new avenues for publication, dissemination, and collaboration. By bringing together scholars working in both areas, we will examine (1) how digital approaches are changing the ways we think about antiquity, (2) how scholars can use digital tools responsibly to address gaps in and present our evidence from ongoing excavations, and (3) how digital approaches are fostering new connections between classicists and their colleagues in the humanities and STEM fields.


Daniel P. Diffendale

Daniel P. Diffendale is a classical archaeologist who specializes in the early history of ancient Rome. He completed his Ph.D. in the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art & Archaeology at the University of Michigan, and has published on religious practices and early state formation... Read More →

R. Benjamin Gorham

R. Benjamin Gorham is a Ph.D. Candidate and John H. Birdsall III Fellow in Art and Architectural History at the University of Virginia. Ben specializes in digital archaeology and new implementations of GIS for field research. He works on digital operations for several projects in... Read More →

Sunday October 8, 2017 8:30am - 10:00am
Walls Lounge

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