Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Digital technologies are revolutionizing how archaeologists study the past. Today, it is common to see a tablet, laser scanner, or drone used hand in hand with a shovel, trowel, or wheelbarrow. In this talk, Eric Poehler, associate professor of classics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will present three case studies of archaeological research infused with digital technologies from the recent past, the present, and the near future to examine the ways in which our approach to the past is changing.
Eric Poehler is an associate professor of classics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is the director of the joint Blended Learning and Digital Humanities program for the Five Colleges consortium. His previous digital project, the Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project won the 2018 Award for Outstanding Work in Digital Archaeology from the Archaeological Institute of America and his current project, the Pompeii Artistic Landscape Project (co-directed with Sebastian Heath), was just awarded $245,000 over the next three years.
Poehler is also active in the field and has more than 20 years of experience on excavations and urban surveys throughout the Mediterranean.
He is also the author of more than two dozen articles and books in leading venues including Oxford University Press, the American Journal of Archaeology, and the Journal of Roman Archaeology.
Professor Poehler's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities Initiative at the Claremont Colleges.