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Conference | Digital Archaeology and Water

Digital Archaeology and Water

Date
Monday 4 April 2016
Time
Address
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room
E003A

Using computer methods to evaluate the use of water and seafaring in the past

Conference Abstract

The application of GIS and modelling techniques for the study of the use of water is a growing theme in computational approaches to analyzing archaeological spaces. These computer based methods to study the past extend both to the consumption of water in urban environments and to the importance of exploring maritime archaeological spaces. With the recent availability of large datasets, increasingly more detailed and accurate weather records, and advances in GIS applications and simulations, our understanding of seascapes, coastal landscapes, and navigation is expanding. Evaluating both the use of the water’s surface and underwater archaeology to assess the interaction between seascapes and adjoining land based sites is essential for understanding the meaning of maritime spaces in the past. Digital archaeology is crucial to the investigation of these spaces, as the archaeological record supports the existence of sea travel without any clear evidence of the specifics of this movement. Computer based analysis can be used to fill in these gaps. Similarly, the study of coastal landscapes and harbor sites also provides essential archaeological information on the connection of seascapes and landscapes, through visibility studies, database records, or analysis of coastal mobility. In addition, the application of computer models to evaluate the utilization of water in urban environments can help form new ideas on sustainability and city planning.

Format of the conference

The workshop will involve speakers in the afternoon, followed by a one and a half hour roundtable where ideas from the talks could be discussed amongst the speakers. Drinks would feature as a part of this plan.

Afternoon Session: Presentations and Round Table

 13:00 – 13:15

 Coffee and registration

 13:15 – 13:30

 Introduction

 13:30– 14:00

 Adam Benfer

 14:00 – 14:30

 Emma Slayton

 14:30 – 14:45

 Coffee Break

 14:45 – 15:15

 Martijn Manders

 15:15 – 15:45

 Mark A. Locicero

 15:45 – 17:00

 Round Table and Closing

 17:00

 Drinks

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