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In 2015–2016, we feature presenters who will explain the “so what?” of their findings. Accordingly, we encourage audiences to consider not only the past, but also their own place in our human story.
On February 16, 2016, Douglas Gann (Archaeology Southwest) will present “From Data to Digital Humanities Content.”
For my presentation at the Phoenix Archaeology Café, I will be speaking about the digital revolution taking place in archaeology today, specifically exploring the use of automated reality capture systems such as laser scanning and photogrammetry to document and share places of the past. As I am aware that PowerPoint presentations are not in the spirit of the science cafe movement, I intend to provide our audience with an introduction to virtual reality, utilizing low-cost display devices created by Google Cardboard and smart phones.
Through this immersive technology, I will be able to transport our attendees to rock art galleries in northern Arizona, excavations at sixteenth-century Mission Guevavi, Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, and ancient Phoenix. By sharing these places, I will demonstrate how new technologies in computer modeling are refining our understanding and appreciation of this region’s extensive cultural heritage.
Archaeology Café is an informal forum where adults can learn more about the Southwest’s deep history and speak directly to experts. We have based Archaeology Café on the science pub or science cafe model that developed in Europe and quickly spread to major American cities. At Archaeology Café, we break down the static, jargon-laden dynamic of traditional lectures, and have an expert share some ideas with the group in ways that get discussion going. (Food and drink make things a little livelier, too.)
The program is free, but participants are encouraged to order their own refreshments. Although kids may attend with adult supervision, Archaeology Cafés are best for adults and young adults.
If accommodation is needed due to disability, please contact Linda Pierce by email or phone, (520) 882-6946, ext. 23.
Place: We meet in the Aztec Room of Macayo’s Central, 4001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, near the Indian School light rail stop.
Time: Presentations begin after 6:00 p.m. It is best to arrive at about 5:30 p.m. in order to get settled, as seating is open and unreserved, but limited. Share tables and make new friends!
Cost: Archaeology Café is free, but guests are encouraged to order their own refreshments from the menu. Enjoy happy hour prices!
The 2015–2016 season is made possible, in part, by Arizona Humanities.