CAA2015 Sienna

Siena CityscapeSteffan, Jonathan and Thom from the Digital Building Heritage Group (DBHG) at De Montfort University are in Sienna this week for the CAA2015 conference (Computer Applications in Archaeology, 30th March – 3 April 2015). They are presenting three papers on digital reconstruction projects currently on-going within the DBHG ranging from a 16th century manorial hall to mobile device apps for community archaeology groups to the work we completed this year on the digital reconstruction of the lost tomb of King Richard III and the Greyfriars Church. All of these projects have a substantive archaeological component and involve the novel application of digital technologies at either technical and / or methodological levels and are all truly multi-disciplinary involving a  range of collaborators and participants who each bring their own diverse skill-sets to the projects. Jonathan will be presenting the first images from his current PhD work on the historic interiors of Boughton House near Kettering in Northamptonshire, UK, the family seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch. You can read Jonathan’s blog here. Thom will be presenting the very latest mobile device apps we have developed with our AHRC Connected Communities partners at the University of Durham and and the University of Nottingham with their community heritage groups the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland (Arc and Arc) and the Southwell Community Archaeology Group (SCAG). We have blogged about these before here. Thom will be giving live demos of the apps and will be showing some of their unique features which let users upload and explore finds data within 3D digital models of the sites. Steffan will be presenting the methodology that we developed for the digital reconstruction of Greyfreiars Chuch in Leicester, UK and the lost tomb of King Richard III (KRIII) using a process we call “bodymaps” as well as explaining and illustrating the details of the technical aspects of the reconstruction itself. With the remains of KRIII finally laid to rest this week in a new tomb in Leicester cathedral CAA2015 is a most appropriate opportunity to bring this digital aspect of the research surrounding KRIII to an international audience. Clearly CAA2015 is going to be a great event and as always a brilliant opportunity to network with colleagues from across the world who are working in digital heritage, to share experiences and discuss collaboration. Follow CAA2015 on Twitter on #caa2015 , Jonathan Gration on @InteriorHistory and Douglas Cawthorne on @DCawth00 and Thom Corah on @thomcorah for further updates from the DBHG at CAA2015 in Sienna.

Dr Thom Corah getting sucked in to Occulus Rift at CAA2015 Sienna.

Dr Thom Corah getting sucked in to Occulus Rift at CAA2015 Sienna.

 

About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.
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