Workshop Highlights Use of Digital Humanities Tools in Archaeology

08 April 2019 Comments Off on Workshop Highlights Use of Digital Humanities Tools in Archaeology

Recently, the Department of Archaeology and the British Institute at Ankara held a workshop on the topic “Digital Epigraphy: 3D Imaging and EpiDoc.” The four-day event, which focused on the application of digital humanities methodologies in the field of archaeology, took place March 26–29 at Bilkent, attracting 28 participants, both academics and students, from eight universities and research institutes.

During the workshop, digital humanities specialists Dr. Valeria Vitale and Dr. Gabriel Bodard from the Institute of Classical Studies at the University of London and Katharine Shields from University College London introduced various technologies to digitize ancient documents for scholarly and educational purposes, in a variety of languages and scripts such as Ancient Greek, Latin and Hittite.

The first two days focused on 3D modeling, with participants using photogrammetry to build 3D models of different types of objects—a small ceramic vessel, an oil lamp, a cuneiform tablet and a large inscription. The last two days introduced EpiDoc, a collaborative tool for digitizing ancient documents using TEI XML.

Over the course of the workshop, the participants were also introduced to a number of ongoing digital humanities projects and tools for research or education focusing on the ancient world. One of the highlights of the workshop was a public lecture at the Department of Archaeology on “Collaborative Teaching in Digital Classics and Cultural Heritage.”

The workshop was the first in the series of Ankara Digital Humanities Workshops to be organized and hosted by the Department of Archaeology and the British Institute at Ankara, which will explore several different digital humanities approaches to ancient epigraphy and offer training in the imaging, transcribing, annotating and publishing of ancient documents.