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26th October, 11:00 Helsinki/Nicosia,  14:30 New Delhi, 09:00 London

 

Zoom link: https://helsinki.zoom.us/j/69133730989?pwd=OTRRMFpWRk1LNXhnNEhQYlpva01vZz09

Meeting ID: 691 3373 0989
Passcode: 333274

Digital Maritime Archaeology: The experience at the MARELab, University of Cyprus

with Massimiliano Secci, University of Cyprus

Abstract:

The last 30 years have witnessed an unprecedented development of digital technologies. Among many other disciplines, Maritime Archaeology is in the process of experimenting with and exploiting the various potentials of the digital world. The Maritime Archaeology Research Laboratory (MARELab) at the University of Cyprus has been testing numerous digital applications and techniques to record, analyze and disseminate the outstanding maritime heritage of the island. In collaboration with national and international partners, MARELab has exploited photogrammetry, 3D modeling and analysis as well as virtual reality applications to study new sites and make underwater cultural heritage publicly accessible. The talk will provide an overview of these developments, bringing the audience to close (although virtual) contact with the amazing shipwrecks and maritime heritage of the Island of Cyprus.

Host: Kristin Ilves

Location Local Time Time Zone UTC Offset
Helsinki (Finland) Monday, 26 October 2020, 11:00:00 EET UTC+2 hours
Nicosia (Cyprus) Monday, 26 October 2020, 11:00:00 EET UTC+2 hours
New Delhi (India – Delhi) Monday, 26 October 2020, 14:30:00 IST UTC+5:30 hours
London (United Kingdom – England) Monday, 26 October 2020, 09:00:00 GMT UTC

Speaker’s Bio

I was born and grew up in the beautiful and culturally rich Island of Sardinia (Italy). I have always been fascinated with the sea and history. In 2007 I graduated in Archaeology at the University of Florence, however, my interests for the sea, scuba diving and archaeology naturally merged in my choice to pursue my studies in maritime archaeology with a Master in Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University in Australia. Following the conclusion of the Master I have returned to Sardinia where, between 2009 and 2016, I have had the opportunity to collaborate to the Postgraduate Program in Underwater Archaeology established by the University of Sassari in my home town in Oristano (Sardinia, Italy). I was awarded a scholarship by the Regional Government of the island, to develop a strategic plan for the public interpretation of the Sardinian maritime cultural heritage. The Scholarship allowed me to produce a thorough study and strategic plan for the design of interpretive activities in the island. I was then awarded a second Regional Scholarship to research on the implementation of underwater remote sensing technologies for the location and identification of underwater archaeological sites in the Western Coast of Sardinia.

Meanwhile, I enrolled for a PhD in 203 and defended it by the beginning of 2016. The PhD dissertation focused on a theoretical and methodological analysis of photogrammetric techniques employed in the survey and recording of underwater sites. Specifically on the role and effects this technologies have in the archaeological processes of interpretation.

In 2016, I participated in a project that aimed to create a virtual reality Dry Visit for the site of the Mercurio Shipwreck, as part of a dedicated exhibition that was established in the town of Carole, nearby Venice (Italy). By the end of 2017 I moved to Cyprus to collaborate to the European Horizon 2020 funded project “iMareculture”. Finally, since late 2018, I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the M.A.RE.Lab, Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Cyprus. The post-doctoral project aims to combine 3D data to biological data in order to study the Site Formation Processes at the site of the Mazotos Shipwreck.

In my career, I had the opportunity to collaborate with many Italian and International Institutions and colleagues. I have been an Associate Member of the International NGO “Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology” and member of various International archaeological and maritime archaeology associations.