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Lunch & Learn: Modeling the Past: An Archeological Dig in Polis, Cyprus with Joanna Smith, William Childs, Szymon Rusinkiewicz

Wednesday, May 2, 12:00 noon in Frist Multipurpose Room B

Modeling the Past: An Archeological Dig in Polis, Cyprus

Joanna Smith, William Childs, Szymon Rusinkiewicz

Over 2000 years of civilization has been documented by the Princeton University excavations directed by William Childs at Polis Chrysochous, in northwest Cyprus. The modern village lies over the ancient city of Arsinoe (c. 270s BCE – 1400s CE) and the even older city-kingdom of Marion (founded by c. 800 BCE). In preparation for the exhibition, City of Gold: Tomb and Temple in Ancient Cyprus, to run in the Princeton University Art Museum from October 20, 2012 to January 20, 2013, two students used 3-D scanners in the summer of 2011 to document architectural and sculptural material. Those scans then populated of 3-D reconstructions created by students in a cross-listed Computer Science / Art & Archaeology / Hellenic Studies course taught by Szymon Rusinkiewicz and Joanna Smith. Their subjects were an Archaic sanctuary, a Classical temple, a large Hellenistic building, and a Late Antique Basilica found in the excavations. They conducted research into appropriate visual metaphors for conveying uncertainty and change in these 3-D visualizations. Their final projects will contribute to a short (5-minute) computer-animated movie for the exhibition focused on evolution of the buildings, spatial relationships and sightlines, building materials, and different reconstructions consistent with the excavations.

About the speakers:

William A. P. Childs is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University; he began the Princeton Cyprus Expedition in 1983 and is director of the project (wchilds@princeton.edu)
Szymon Rusinkiewicz is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University; he began working with the Princeton Cyprus Expedition in 2010; (smr@cs.princeton.edu)
Joanna S. Smith is an Associate Professional Specialist in the Department of Art and Archaeology and a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Princeton University; she began working with the Princeton Cyprus Expedition in 1988 and is Assistant Director of the project (joannas@princeton.edu)
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Lunch & Learn: Trudy Jacoby on Image Resources and Use

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Images are used for teaching and research in many departments. There are significant image collections available for use at Princeton including the image collections of the Department of Art and Archaeology accessible in Almagest and licensed collections such as ARTstor and Bridgeman Education.  Image resources will be reviewed as well as ways to use the collections including searching, making study image groups, and exporting image groups directly to PowerPoint for use in lectures.

Speaker bio:

Trudy Buxton Jacoby is the Director of the Visual Resources Collection in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. Previously, Ms. Jacoby was at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she served most recently as Head Librarian for Visual and Media Resources.

She works with image collection management and digital image databases. She participated in the development of the IRIS image management software and then partnered with Cornell University to develop the PiCtor image management software now in use at Princeton.  The course content for many courses and special collections in the Department of Art and Archaeology is available through Almagest and also in ARTstor (for images added until Sept. 2010).

An active member of the Art Libraries Society of North America and the Visual Resources Association, Ms. Jacoby has held numerous committee and board appointments.  She has co-chaired the ARLIS/VRA Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and has also served on the board of the VRA Foundation. She was a member of the ARTstor collections advisory group and is currently a member of the ARTstor hosting advisory group.

Lunch & Learn: History, Remote Sensing, and GIS: the Avkat Survey Project with John Haldon

avkat.jpgPrinceton Professor John Haldon, the director of the Euchaita/Avkat Project, an archaeological and historical survey based around the village of Avkat in north-central Anatolia, introduced the Avkat Archaeological Survey at the March 5 Lunch ‘n Learn. The effort is a collaborative archeological and historical research project that seeks to integrate a number of different approaches to studying the past, using recent technological advances to integrate medieval sources as well as disparate datasets into a cohesive framework of analysis. The project offers the opportunity to trace the history of a single region across a period of more than 1500 years. Haldon hopes to clarify the political role of the area throughout the period, and to show the effects of human activity in transforming the landscape, tracking shifting settlement and demographic patterns, and explaining transformations in land-use, agricultural and pastoral farming, and urban-rural relationships.
The 10-year project employs cutting edge survey, mapping, and digital modeling techniques to enrich our understanding of the society, economy, land use, demography, paleo-environmental history and resources of the late Roman, Byzantine, and Seljuk/Ottoman periods. From the 1980s, archaeological field survey methodologies have rapidly developed. We also now have remote sensing techniques ranging from ground-penetrating radar to airborne radar systems and satellite imagery. However, the integration of these techniques into a unified project design has rarely been achieved. All too often, notes Haldon, these methodologies are simply tacked onto existing project designs.

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