Our first lecture of the season will look at some of the cutting edge aspects of archaeology being utilized in the field. Hope to see you there!
Location: Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32803
Free and open to the public, no rsvp required. Doors open at 6:30pm.
“Technoarchaeology” by Joseph A. Evans, M.A.
Imagine a place where Indiana Jones meets NASA (well, almost!) Technoarchaeology applies cutting-edge technological methods, techniques, and approaches to the scientific, systematic study of humanity’s past via material remains, or archaeology. Frequently this means technoarchaeologists explore innovations made for other sectors and outside of our discipline.
One such scientist, Joe Evans, performs this type of research in conjunction with the University of South Florida—an example of which is his work as the first archaeologist of Google’s “Project Glass” Explorers Program, utilizing the latest in Augmented Reality (AR) to bring students and people to archaeological sites otherwise inaccessible as well as to enhance visitor experience for those able. AR is a newly-developing technology which enables the overlay of digital information on top of the real world in effort to better relate, explain, or otherwise connect people to other people and places. One may be familiar with this technology from its other uses–specifically with televised sporting events—to do such things as place the scoreboard or first-down line on the screen for football. AR allows people to “annotate reality” in a variety of ways, with a variety of datatypes.
Joseph A. Evans, MA is a a PhD student and technoarchaeologist with the University of South Florida, investigating emergent extradisciplinary/extra-industrial technologies, evaluating their application as potential solutions for addressing current archaeological (and anthropological) challenges–which typically focus around the rapid, high-definition digital documentation, visualization, and interaction with vulnerable natural/cultural heritage resources. This spans the entire range of archaeological prospection: from aerial archaeology using a powered parachute; to 3D laser scanning/LiDAR in the air, water, or ground; to iOS and Android app development for digital visualization of archaeological information.