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Digital Cultural Heritage, replication and integration

Tuesday 28 January 2020, 5.30PM to 18:45

Speaker(s): Stuart Jeffrey

This talk will look at multiple recent projects in digital heritage, covering Atlantic rock-art, geo-heritage, romantic landscapes and classical sculpture, it will examine how the process of production, as much as the final product, operates to provide the critical lens through which digital heritage objects are perceived.  Using further examples, the presentation will also address broader issues arising from the replication process, particularly its intersection with the digital realm and the opportunities, and challenges, this offers for integrating multiple forms of content from management and metric data to intangible and creative responses. Finally, the presentation will focus on how this content can be delivered for diverse audiences and how the integrated whole can be meaningfully constructed as a new object, echoing the process where physical replicas ultimately develop their own biographies in parallel to that of the original and their predecessors.


Stuart studied a combined honours degree in Computer Science and Archaeology at the University of Glasgow and completed his PhD in three dimensional modelling of early medieval sculpted stones, also at the University of Glasgow, in 2003. His work at the School of Simulation and Visualisation covers all aspects of heritage visualisation and the use of new technologies to create records, analyse, interpret, and present every form of heritage from built to intangible. Stuart’s research interests focus on the ways these technologies transform the relationships between individuals, academia and broader contemporary communities of interest. Stuart is currently Co-Investigator on the AHRC large grant funded Scotland’s Rock Art Project, Co-Director of the SoAS funded HARPS (Staffa) research project and is also Co-Director of the major GCRF funded One Ocean Hub.

Before joining The GSA Stuart worked for a number of years for the West of Scotland Archaeology Service before joining the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), at the University of York, in 2006. As Deputy Director (Access) of the ADS he managed a number of major digital heritage research projects funded by JISC, the AHRC, the European Union and the NEH.

Stuart has published extensively on diverse topics in archaeology and computer science, including notions of digital authenticity, creative response in heritage, medieval sculpted stones, archaeological informatics, visualisation techniques, digital preservation, natural language processing, and the use of social media in archaeology.


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Location: K/159

Admission: Free