“The Infrastructural Landscape of Ancient Tharros: A GIS Approach to Recording a Roman City” by Cinzia Presti

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 ground survey, so the majority of the work in the spring … Read More

Silence is in the Streets: An interview with Christin Washington

Christin Washington is a force. Her eloquence on the complexities of silence left me with a lot on my mind’s plate. As a 5collDH fellow for the year 2016/17, her project was on the theorization and the digitization of Black Silence. Using Black Brooklyn as a lens, she was able to analyze and read the absences. It takes courage and clarity to understand that because things are silent does not mean that they do not exist. For her project Dare … Read More

The Iron Streets of Pompeii and the Curious Case of Liquid Roman Iron

One of the great joys and frustrations of academia is coming up against a phenomenon that defies explanation. In 5CollDH undergraduate fellow Juliana van Roggen’s case, it’s asking why there are small iron deposits scattered around the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. In collaboration with an ongoing archaeological project, she’s creating a public, digital resource that maps the city in new and unusual ways. In her own words: Unlike my colleagues, my project does not focus on creation. Instead, I am tackling … Read More