Digital Innovations in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Friday, March 13, 2020 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
AAR Lecture Room
Via Angelo Masina, 5
Rome, Italy

Panorama Pergamon with visitors’ platform from above (photograph by Tom Schulze and © asisi)



This conference celebrates 125 years of the American Academy in Rome and its engagement in the study of ancient monuments by looking to the future to explore the ways that digital technologies are affecting the ways we study and present the past.

The celebration begins with an evening lecture (Thursday, March 12) by Martin Maischberger (Antikensammlung Berlin) on the Pergamon Panorama in Berlin, a project that takes the nineteenth-century concept of the cyclorama and uses digital technology to bring it into the twenty-first century to re-create the ancient site of Pergamon.

The next day (Friday, March 13), a series of papers in the morning focus on different modes of digital acquisition and analysis at a variety of types of ancient archaeological sites. A major goal is to explore the ways that digital technologies are changing the questions we ask. The papers in the afternoon session examine the new ways that archaeological information is being disseminated as well as some of the challenges faced in using it to engage the public with issues of cultural heritage. In addition, there will be computer stations set up allowing the attendees to interact with some of the new applications and virtual-reality projects.

The speakers include Francesca Anichini, Stefano Borghini, Maria Letizia Buonfiglio, Peter Campbell, Alessandro D’Alessio, Steven Ellis (2013 Fellow, 2016 Affiliated Fellow), Elizabeth Fentress, Bernard Frischer (1976 Fellow, 1997 Resident), Gabriele Gattiglia, Letizia Gualandi, Giacomo Landeschi, Rachel Opitz, Stefania Pergola, Federica Michela Rossi, Arianna Traviglia, and Gianluca Zanzi.