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Dr. Kevin Garstki

The Digital Transition at the Archaeological Site of Athienou-Malloura, Cyprus

February 26th, 2019, at 4:00 PM

Grupp Fireside Lounge, Student Center, Canisius College

For Spring 2019 Semester, the Digital Humanities Group has teamed up with the Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies, an exciting interdisciplinary space organized by the Departments of Classics, English, Fine Arts, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and Theology at Canisius College.  ICMS is focused on the vast, rich literary and material cultures of the Classical World and Middle Ages.

Digital technologies have begun to impact all stages of archaeological practice: excavation, documentation, analysis, and publication. This talk will trace the role that different digital methods now have in archaeology, from mobile recording in the field to 3D scanning and visualization. Dr. Garstki will discuss the digital transition that occurred at the excavation of the rural sanctuary site of Athienou-Malloura (8th century BCE – 2nd century CE) as a proxy for larger trends taking place in the field of archaeology.

Dr. Garstki is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA), University at Buffalo, after graduating with his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is an anthropological archaeologist examining the impact of technology on prehistoric societies, as well as the effect of digital technology on modern archaeological epistemologies. His research addresses the question of how new digital methods can and should be utilized in archaeological research and cultural heritage studies.