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|Unit chair:||A Witcomb|
The unit will familiarize students with the uses of digital and virtual technologies in the identification and management of heritage sites, in the conservation and restoration of heritage places and objects, and in the interpretation of sites and collections. It will expose students to the various technologies currently in use, and explore their potential applications. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the concept of virtual reconstruction as a tool of site management, restoration and interpretation.
While some ‘hands-on’ exercises will feature in the unit, it will focus on developing student skills in the management principles associated with the use of these technologies: for example, when is it appropriate to use particular technologies? Which technology is most useful? What are the advantages and disadvantages of digital technologies? Are there particular ethical issues involved?
Module 1: Digital and Virtual Heritage: The State of Play
Module 2: Digital and Virtual Heritage: Management principles
Module 3: Digital and Virtual Heritage: Practice
This module will involve students in a practical exercise using GIS or other technologies. Students will be required to:
Use the technology in a basic exercise
Site assessment, 30%, 1000 words
Virtual restoration/reconstruction, 30%, 2000 words
Interpretation, 40%, 2000 words