Being Digital Romans: The OTHER EYES Project (a Friends of YAT Lecture)

October 5, 12.00pm
In this series we explore how the Collections and Archives team’s association with university researchers has reaped mutual benefits in terms of learning and enjoyment, emerging science and new ways of looking and thinking. This is a rare opportunity to look beyond the displays at how our shared past can contribute to today’s pressing conversations

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Over 50 years of digging in the City of York, YAT has built up one of the largest and most important archaeological collections in the country. In 1972 the Trust pioneered an integrated approach to the recovery, care and research of York’s preserved past which not just encompassed artefact assemblages but the equally important environmental, zooarchaeological and osteological remains. This has allowed a deeper understanding of and a more authentic depiction of the past. In this series we explore how the Collections and Archives team’s association with university researchers has reaped mutual benefits in terms of learning and enjoyment, emerging science and new ways of looking and thinking. This is a rare opportunity to look beyond the displays at how our shared past can contribute to today’s pressing conversations.

Our first lecture will feature Dr Colleen Morgan, the Lecturer in Digital Archaeology and Heritage in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York. She is the Director of the Digital Archaeology and Heritage Lab, the Centre for Digital Heritage, the MSc in Digital Archaeology and the MSc in Digital Heritage. Her research centres on using digital technologies to understand the past.

Colleen will tell us about her latest research, The OTHER EYES Project. It uses 21st century digital technology and advanced archaeological science to make 3D digital avatars of past people. This York-based research features York Archaeological Trust’s data and collaboration with YAT has deeply informed both the investigation and outreach potential of the project. Colleen will explore what benefits might this approach bring and what questions does it raise: How do we digitally reconstruct past people and does authenticity matter? Does the ability to digitally embody a past person of a different age, sex, or with a disability change the way we think about the past? What are the ethics of “resurrecting” past people based on bioarchaeological evidence and can (and should) reconstructions of past people be archived to encourage their creative reuse?

Friends of YAT members can attend this lecture for free. It will be held at the Quakers Meeting House, Friargate, York.

Tickets are £2.50, but are refunded if you become a Friend of YAT.

For more information on becoming a Friend of YAT, check out their website here: https://www.friendsofyat.co.uk/