Introduction to Digital Archaeology and Virtual Reality

Methods of documentation and analysis in archaeology have changed drastically in the last decade. Though the discipline does not lack its fair share of Luddites, it seems like digital archaeology and the methods incorporating virtual reality in archaeological practice are here to stay!

On one hand, this course will provide the student with theoretical knowledge on the state of the art in digital archaeology, including GIS, remote-sensing technologies, tablet-based field recording, data management, and, last but not least, theoretical debates on the usefulness of digital methods.

On the other hand, the students will acquire real-world skills: they will create 3D models of artifacts and trenches; they will create aerial maps using drone photos; they will learn how to set-up and use a Total Station on the field; and they will digitally illustrate 2D architectural features using geo-rectified photos.

In brief, this course will prepare you for the challenges of a rapidly changing field. The skills acquired can also be used in a number of other fields, including cultural heritage management, anthropology, museum studies, and fine arts.

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