Month of Technology in Archaeology

The Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies (CHAS) is launching a "Month of Technology in Archaeology," or the "Month of Tech" for short, in celebration of technological advancement in the field of Archaeology. Month of Tech aims to highlight the achievements of faculty, students, and visiting scholars who have a passion for modern technology and all of its revolutionary uses in their field.

Events during March will showcase student and faculty research. They will begin with CHAS' debut at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. There, they will be hosting a table at the annual Day of Drones. The Day of Drones is an extension of the NYC Drone Film Festival, a weekend-long expo in New York City showcasing drone cinematography.

On March 19, the Festival will continue at the Liberty Science Center by holding classes and demonstrations on its facilities. CHAS will be attending the final day of the Festival on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Liberty Science Center. Throughout the day, representatives from CHAS will be engaging with the public about the use of drones in archaeology.

"We celebrate drone technology and engineering at the Liberty Science Center, but this is really what it's all about. We're really excited to see how drones have been revolutionizing different fields of science. It'll be a learning experience for us and our guests," said Senior Exhibition Leader Deepesh Dhingra of the Liberty Science Center.

Later in the month Timothy Renner, the director of CHAS, and Deborah Chatr Aryamontri, who heads the Center's excavation project at the "Villa of the Antonines" near Rome, have planned two special on-campus events to illustrate evolving digital applications in the field of archaeology.

On Wednesday, March 29, Giuseppe Ceraudo and Veronica Ferrari, specialists in geophysical survey and aerial photography from Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Salento, Italy, will conduct a workshop for students and faculty on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeology.  This event will take place in the GIS lab, Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS 123B), 10 a.m. to noon.  An RSVP is requested of attendees, as space in the lab is limited.

The following day, March 30, Ceraudo will give a lecture about recent technological advances in the study of past cultures entitled "Archaeologists Drone On: New Technology in Archaeology." This talk will be held in Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall at 10 a.m. and is open to all.

During their visit to Montclair State, Ceraudo and Ferrari, whose research focuses especially on Roman settlements and culture in Italy, will also be assisting Chatr Aryamontri and Renner in the creation of a GIS database for the "Villa of the Antonines," the site of a second century CE Roman imperial residence.

"Given the rapid growth of new information that is emerging each year at the 'Villa of the Antonines,' a GIS approach to organizing what we know about the site and the area around it is now essential," said Renner.

For more information on each event or the Month of Tech, "like" the Villa of the Antonines Facebook page, or contact the Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies directly at chas@montclair.edu.