New Ways of Seeing the Past: Using New Technologies in Archaeology

Part of: Society for Historical Archaeology 2014

New advances in technology can provide historical archaeologists with new ways of, quite literally, seeing the past. The papers in this session discuss the creation of applications adapted to mobile telephone and tablet technology as well as the use of 3-D scanning and photography, GIS and the creation of virtual landscapes.

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  • 3D Virtual Landscape Analysis at Fort Ethan Allen, VA (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Brian Crane. Wally Owen.

    As part of archaeological investigations carried out at Fort Ethan Allen, VA for the Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Neighborhood Services, Versar prepared a 3D digital model of the fort and its environs as it may have appeared during the Civil War. Fort Ethan Allen was among the forts erected by the Union in 1861 to defend Washington, DC. Only small portions of the earthworks are still visible, and the surrounding area has been entirely transformed by suburban development....

  • 3D Virtual Landscape Analysis of 18th-century Settlement in the Swedes Tract, PA (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Brian Crane.

    Manatanien, or Manatawny, present-day Douglasville in Berks County, PA, was settled by second generation Swedes within a 10,000 acre tract along the Schuykill River granted by William Penn in 1701. During the first decades of the 18th century, Swedish, German, and English settlers cleared long narrow plots of land anchored on the river within the so-called Swedes Tract. Combining historical maps and records with a 3D digital model of the community created in Autodesk Maya allows for a detailed...

  • Archeology and 3D photography (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Pierre Lavoie.

    In recent years, new developments in 3D technology has offered new possibilities for archeologists to display objects and document searching sites with the added reality of 3D.This presentation will cover the benefits of 3D photography for archeology, starting from the 19th century stereoviews as a primary source of historical images on the major archeological sites, and move on to use modern day 3D to display objects and sharing knowledge.This presentation will require attendees to wear 3D...

  • Battle of the Wabash 1791 - Using Archaeological results to support GIS Data Modeling and further Historical Research (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Christine Keller.

    Ball State University’s Department of Anthropology was awarded a 2010 American Battlefield Protection Program Grant to conduct archaeological research on the site of the Battle of the Wabash (now modern day Fort Recovery, Ohio), a historically significant 1791 battle that was part of the Northwest Indian Wars. GIS data modeling results using the National Park Service’s KOCOA landscape methodology highlighted probable Native American battle strategy and movement. Additional historical research...

  • The CARE database (Corpus Architecturae religiosae Europeae / CARE - IV-X saec.), a new scientific tool for understanding The Early medieval Europe (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Pascale Chevalier.

    The CARE project intends to study Christian religious buildings in Europe between the 4th cent. and 1000 AD; 15 countries are already involved, 6 other must join soon. A team of French computer scientists and archaeologists created in 2008-2011 the online computer database that will be translated and shared ‘ an annotated database with a Wiki interface Wiki (WikiBridge), using the new generation of Web services (semantic Web 2.0), with online inputs and queries in SARQL mode and a GIS for...

  • Creating a Digital Landscape: GIS Analysis of the Front Yard at James Madison’s Montpelier (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Erica D'Elia.

    The archaeology department at James Madison’s Montpelier plans to conduct a landscape study of the mansion front yard with the dual goals of interpretation and restoration. As it stands today, the restored 19th century mansion is interpreted to the public on a 20th century landscape, presenting a problematic conundrum. The area in front of the mansion has been the focus of a gridded metal detector survey to locate remains of the original Madison carriage road and other 18th and 19th century...

  • From Multimedia to Transmedia Experiences in the Interpretation of Heritage: The Mobile Application of Quebec City’s Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Laurier Turgeon. Francois Côté. Alain Massé.

    The authors of this paper will present the new theoretical, methodological and technological approaches developed by the Canada Research Chair in Cultural Heritage to show how the combination of tangible and intangible cultural heritage interpreted through transmedia storytelling can greatly enhance and go beyond the multimedia experience of cultural heritage. The classical multimedia approach to cultural heritage has had a tendency to favor tangible heritage and to exploit different medias...

  • Heritage Conservation Matters During the Last Decades in Eastern Romania. A Case Study from Iasi County (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Ionut Cristi Nicu. Andrei Asandelusei. Gheorghe Romanescu. Vasile Cotiuga.

    Nowadays, due to climatic changes, high friability of the geological deposits, deforestations, agricultural work and ultimately to a bad management of land improvement works, a lot of Chalcolithic settlements are affected by intensive hidrogeomorphological processes. However, if there are not immediately taken a few antierosional measures, our future generations will not be able to study and understand the prehistorical people. Protecting and conserve the heritage is among one of our research...

  • Historical Ecology for Risk Management (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Anne Garland. Kathleen Fischer. Regina Jacobs. Gleen Sheehan. Anne Jensen. Frederick Brower.

    Applied Research in Environmental Sciences Nonprofit, Inc., ARIES, the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, BASC, and the North Slope Borough Risk Management are collaborating to develop and implement a historical ecology model for the North Slope Coastal Region of Alaska. Historical ecology is an applied research program that focuses on interactions of people and their environments. Research applications involve understanding this relationship in both time and space about its accumulated effects....

  • Scan 3D et archéologie : bilan de 10 ans d’expérimentations et de réalisations au Québec (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Richard Lapointe.

    Depuis l’an 2000, les technologies et les applications de scan 3D ont évoluées de façons importantes, et les applications reliées à l’utilisation des nuages de points sont de plus en plus accessibles. Nous tenterons de présenter un survol de cette évolution par le biais des projets que nous avons réalisés au cours des années. Que ce soit au niveau des sites ou des objets, à des fins de documentations techniques, de mise en valeur ou de reproduction d’artefact, le scan 3D s’est avéré utile dans...