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.