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Documenting, Digital Restoring and Recontextualizing. (Comparing experiences)

Call for Short Paper (Round Table) Cristiana BARANDONI | Paolo GIULIERINI(Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Italy) Keywords: 3D models, photogrammetry, virtual reality, public archaeology, communication strategy Call: This Round Table will be an opportunity to take stock of the researches and experiences put in place by archaeological museums to recreate the context from which works of art come from.  Coming from excavations often conducted in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries, most of the archaeological finds exhibited in museums have great difficulty relating to an increasingly demanding public, more and more expecting the use of virtual and augmented reality, as a preferred medium to meet the past. This RT wants to compare a series of (digital) experiences by which museums try to bring the public of non-professionals closer to the knowledge of the past but above all to the recognition of the contexts of origin. Usually the amount of scientific data acquired by researchers is of considerable importance: now we need to start a debate on how to use these data proficiently, in order to reconstruct the story of the finds and make it available for collective knowledge. It is now a consolidated practice that after analytical and archaeological studies, systematic photogrammetric campaigns transform objects into digital resources: 3D models obtained offer an unmissable opportunity to rewrite events and collecting history. It is not only focusing in terms of material and scholarly knowledge of the object in question, but also the story from the moment of discovery to the display in museum rooms, chronology that also includes all the restoration phases to which the same objects have been subjected.  What happens to items on display?  If museums work hardly with the goals of digitally documenting, restoring, and recontextualizing archaeological finds, are they also able to evaluate how much their commitment reaches the various audiences?Digital is a challenge museums can’t miss, not only to find new physical-technical indicators but even merely profitable and quantitative: 3D modelling, digital restoring and recontextualization can give museums a chance to open the Past to whoever in need, keeping firm standards of being both a physical place but also “systems of relationships”, subjects to constant...

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Citizen Science Go! Taking citizen participation

(one step) further Call for Short Paper (Round Table) Elisabeth MONAMY(1) | Sigrid PETER(2)( (1)Archeomuse + Universität Bern | (2)Association for preservation and research of castle „Ried am Riederberg + Archeopublica) Keywords: Citizen participation, Fake News, political engagement, archaeology Call: After the first approach to citizen participation in archaeology last year asking if it was needed and how it could help archaeologist in their daily work, this round table wants to reach further. Where can citizen participation be of a help without seeming obvious? How can citizen participation help counteract fake news? Spreading the word through citizens science could be easier understood than scientific talks by professionals and therefore help avoid propagation of fake historical information. Which place and positioning does social media have in diffusing widely understandable information? What are the dangers of these short and very superficial channels? Or how can citizen scientists be encouraged to dare to submit a project although the administrative steps seem discouraging, especially in Austria? How can citizen participation in archaeology be a way of political commitment and trying to make a change? Would new technologies like LIDAR, apps or even VR and AR used by many people for their daily work be of a help? Archaeologists won’t need to learn to many new skills and get a full package: manpower including knowledge. To what extend can open data and online communication between archaeologists and interested parties function when the world is at a standstill? How can networked research and interaction with lay people be successful using new technologies? During the round table 2020 we would like to show on one hand that citizen participation in archaeology can be channelled to reach a common goal or interest but on the other hand that interested citizens should stop moaning and stand up. Everyone who would like to contribute to this round table is welcome to submit a short (impulse) lecture. Present your own citizen participation project, share your experiences about involving people from different backgrounds – or point out failures. We invite the widest range of people – up from professionals in all related disciplines to amateurs and citizen scientists of all disciplines...

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Rob van Haarlem

© Rob van Haarlem is co-owner of Tijdlab, a 3D and GIS company from the Netherlands with a focus on innovation and chairman of SAP (Foundation for Archaeology and public). During my study, (Archaeology at Saxion University of Applied science, Deventer) he worked on several excavations in The Netherlands and Germany.  With Tijdlab the main focus is on bringing archaeology to the public in new and exciting ways. We try to reach our goal by developing games, augmented reality applications an d virtual reality experiences. We are always trying to improve existing and new workflows for vast amounts of 3D data and GIS. In 2019 we worked on a research for procedural modelling of scale models. This same workflow is now being implemented for visualising and mapping old mines. For GIS I’m working on IMMU, an interactive GIS viewer with the ability to process and share desk surveys, fieldwork and reporting within a system. In addition, the software can be linked to RTS and GPS and all data is processed directly to your liking. For the future, we also want to directly link the 3D models...

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Digital perspectives for the post-crisis recovery of cultural heritage

Call for Short Paper (Round Table) Benjamin DUCKE | Nura IBOLD (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI), Germany) Keywords: cultural heritage, digital recovery and reconstruction, conflict and crisis archaeology Call: In times of armed, particularly heavily armed, conflict, the cost in human lives is accompanied by damage to people’s material livelihoods and built heritage. In combination with displacement of populations and destruction of public infrastructure, this can end the cultural continuity of entire communities. These dangers are exemplified by the recent armed conflicts in Syria and Yemen.In such extreme scenarios, modes of thinking that are beneficial in the recovery of cultural heritage after e.g. a natural disaster can turn counter-productive and must be considered carefully:Can reconstruction and heritage recovery in a country like Syria ever be done without considering its social implications? Is “classical” reconstruction on a site like Palmyra an ethically valid approach at all?And whose purposes and ideologies will be served when deciding what to reconstruct and how?Even those of us who are concerned with digital, rather than physical, reconstruction must be aware of these sensitive issues, as the former often lay the groundwork for the latter and might create problematic assumptions and expectations.This round table session calls for professionals and researchers working within the field of digital reconstruction and recovery of cultural heritage, to develop constructive and sustainable approaches within the digital domain. We wish to pave the way for concrete discussions on digital heritage and its significance in the post-conflict phase, through topics such as: the scope, intentions and impacts of digital reconstruction effortsthe links between social structure, heritage and digital reconstructionthe politics and economics of digital reconstructioncase studies, best practice and examples of unresolved issues We aim for relatively short papers that provide information on a few key points and can then be discussed. Authors of accepted papers are asked to contact the session chairs for further details. Submission (open April 15, 2020)Mind the...

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