ARCE-DC: Egyptology Lectures in DC!

We're the Washington, DC chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.

October 19th, 2012

Location:  Benjamin T. Rome Auditorium of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


Our October lecture will be presented by Nicholas Picardo, Research Associate at Harvard University, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations.  The lecture is entitled:  “Virtual Reality, Real Research: The Giza Project at Harvard University”.

This presentation explores new applications of 3D graphic reconstruction currently being undertaken by The Giza Project at Harvard.

The advancement of increasingly sophisticated computer graphics-rendering technologies in recent decades has paved the way for new forms of “digital archaeology.”  This presentation explores new applications of 3D graphic modeling to the important Egyptian site of Giza, currently being carried out by The Giza Project at Harvard University.  Cutting-edge modeling techniques are being applied at an ambitious scale to bring more than a century’s worth of field and archival documentation from across the globe to new life in classrooms, museums, and research labs alike.

From royal pyramid complexes and mastaba tombs to the landscape of the Giza Plateau itself, 3D modeling dramatically expands the prospects for understanding the site through its history, for testing modern theories about ancient activity, and even for producing new data that work together with on-the-ground archaeology.  These research and developmental processes will be explained through examples of The Giza Project’s graphic models along with a discussion about how such pursuits create opportunities to not just visualize but also to experience ancient settings in innovative and promising ways.

About our speaker:

Mr. Nicholas Picardo is an Egyptological Research Associate with The Giza Project in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University.  A specialist in household archaeology, he holds a B.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has excavated in Egypt at Abydos, Giza, and Saqqara, and he is Field Director of the South Abydos Settlement Excavation-E Project (part of the Penn-Yale-Institute of Fine Arts, NYU Expedition to Abydos), on which his forthcoming doctoral dissertation research is based.

Prior to joining the Giza Project at Harvard, Nicholas was a Research Associate with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as a member of the Department of Art of the Ancient World and the Giza Archives Project.  With the former he co-curated the Middle Kingdom-themed exhibition The Secrets of Tomb 10A: Egypt 2000 BC and co-authored the companion book.  In 2005, Nicholas co-founded the Pennsylvania Chapter of ARCE in Philadelphia.  His most recent teaching endeavor was as Visiting Instructor with Brown University’s Department of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies.  He has delivered several hundred academic and popular lectures on topics in Egyptology and archaeology through outreach programs at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, at academic conferences, and in the ARCE chapter system.  His publications include scholarly articles and encyclopedia entries on topics that concentrate on his research interests, including ancient Egyptian houses and households, settlements, society, and religion.



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