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Landeschi, G., & Betts, E. (Eds). (2023). Capturing the senses: Digital methods for sensory archaeologies. Switzerland: Springer Nature. 
Added by: Mark Grimshaw-Aagaard (11/14/23, 11:28 AM)   
Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-23133-9
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 2199-0964
BibTeX citation key: Landeschi2023
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Categories: General
Keywords: Sensation, Virtual reality
Creators: Betts, DeFanti, Grafton, Landeschi, Levy, Manovich, Rockwood
Publisher: Springer Nature (Switzerland)
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"This volume was inspired by a symposium held at Lund University in 2017 which focused on the theme of digitally informed sensory archaeologies. As organisers of the event, we felt it would be extremely fruitful to write a book focused on the contribution provided by digital/quantitative methods to the study of a sensorial past. As a result, this work comes as a product of a collective effort made by scholars who have been working intensively on the theme of sensory archaeologies and digital methods.
At the time of writing, there is no comprehensive work that systematically investigates the role played by computational methods in supporting and promoting sensory-based archaeologies. This is an opportune time to raise a methodological discussion as an increasing number of university departments and research centres all over the world have been designing courses and curricula centred around the theme of Computational Archaeology/Digital Heritage. It is therefore urgent to reflect on the possibilities that this can open up for investigating senses and sensory-based approaches to the study of the past. In this respect, the contributors of this volume, based on their research experience, propose innovative approaches where digital methods are presented as a fundamental tool to (a) promote the dissemination of cultural heritage-related contents, (b) simulate the sensory experience of peoples of the past and (c) reinterpret information mediated by ancient authors by examining their descriptions of the landscape.
What can be argued about past people’s minds? How can we cope with the problem of our situated perspective as modern people? What sort of engagement should we design to enable visitors to a museum, exhibit or archaeological site to approach and confront past people’s mindsets? These are only some of the questions that this book addresses, by relying on real-world case studies where interdisciplinary approaches are employed and presented. To provide readers with the broadest picture of research scenarios, we were keen to select chronologically and geographically diverse case studies, spanning Prehistory to the Modern Age, and Northern Africa to Central America."
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