Early Culture Lunch Lecture: Nicola Lercari

 The Center for Early Cultures     Oct 29 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM HG1010 & Zoom

As part of its 2021-2022 Lunch Lecture Series, Early Cultures will partner with the Digital Humanities Exchange (DHX) to welcome Professor Nicola Lercari (UC Merced, Associate Professor of World Heritage Studies)

This hybrid event event will take place on Friday, October 29, 2021

in Room HG1010 (lunch will be included for in-person attendees). Also join remotely by registering HERE

Prof. Lercari will present his talk, “Modeling the Neolithic: 3D Simulation, Knowledge Representation, and Toolmaking (Theirs and Ours)”

This talk explores crucial digital humanities concerns about simulating the past in 3D, curating digital data, and producing knowledge digitally. Dr. Lercari examines these topics by presenting results, DH tools, and digital collections developed over a decade of work at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük (7100-5600 BCE, present-day Turkey). The discussion will critically engage with the role of computational thinking and knowledge representation applied to several digital case studies from Çatalhöyük to answer the following questions: What is the power of visualizing the past for the 3D simulation’s users? How can we ensure public participation in producing knowledge on archaeological/cultural heritage using digital technology? How can we prevent the loss of knowledge of the ancient world due to the lack of publication and preservation of primary archaeological and cultural heritage data?

This event is co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities Exchange