Sandbox: The 5CollDH Blog

“The Infrastructural Landscape of Ancient Tharros: A GIS Approach to Recording a Roman City” by Cinzia Presti
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The goal of the project was to use a combination of digital humanities technologies and traditional archaeological methodologies to model and analyze the water and waste management system in Roman Tharros (Sardinia, Italy). After a year of modeling and research, the map is finally up on ArcGIS online!: https://arcg.is/1TTPzL Before I began this project, I had never worked with ArcGIS or FileMaker before and had never conducted an archaeological... Read More

“Arteries of the Empire: Relays in the Frontier Region of Qing China” by Tian Xia
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Mapping Qing Relay Stations The project first started as a small mapping job that I did for an Amherst professor. My original task was to map an 18th century jade smuggling route that went from Sinkiang to coastal China. Along the way of extracting information out of Chinese historical archives and plotting them with ArcGIS, I noticed that the smuggling routes overlapped a great deal with Qing China's relay... Read More

“Bulls in a China Shop: The Asian-American Struggle for Place” by Vivian Nguyen
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As a Vietnamese-American, food is important to how I understand my cultural identity, how I celebrate my traditions, and how I feel close to my family and ancestors. Furthermore, by virtue of its deliciousness, it is the medium by which most people are introduced to and understand my Vietnamese heritage. Through my digital humanities research project, I wanted to take food, something that is relatable to and enjoyed by... Read More

“Metrics of Success in South Asian Contemporary Art” by Shreeansh Agrawal
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Between 2008 and 2012, there was a well-known touring exhibition of contemporary art called Indian Highway which travelled to London, Oslo, Herning, Rome, Beijing, and Lyon. In a review, journalist Charles Darwent had the following to say: “To edit the entirety of India’s contemporary art down to 20 or so practitioners is to fall into the trap of imposing order on a thing that will just not have order... Read More