Seeing the Past in 3D: The Opportunities for Digital Heritage in Jamestown
St. Mary’s City, MD – May 18, 2017 7 p.m.
On Thursday, May 18 beginning at 7 p.m. Lisa Fischer-Director of Digital Initiatives at Jamestown Discovery
Technology is changing the way people interact with each other and the world. Digital techniques are also opening up new avenues for museums and historical sites: advanced mapping methods, augmented reality, interactive gaming, social media, and 3D laser scanning and modeling are just some of the approaches that are transforming how the past is examined, presented, and explored. The Jamestown Rediscovery team has been actively excavating the site of James Fort, the first successfully English settlement in North America, for more than twenty years. The archaeological findings are casting doubt on many conventional interpretations of Jamestown’s history and providing new insights into the site’s settlement as well as the interactions between Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans, who first came together beginning in the early 17th century. New technologies are also helping to revolutionize how the archaeological data are being analyzed, interpreted, and presented. This talk will examine how digital heritage and 3D visualization approaches are helping to reshape our understanding of Jamestown as well as some of the challenges historical sites face in a digital 21st century.
The evening lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held inside the Visitor Center Auditorium.
Historic St. Mary’s City is a museum of living history and archaeology on the site of Maryland’s first capital in beautiful, tidewater Southern Maryland. For more information about the museum contact the Visitor Center at 240-895-4990, 800-SMC-1634, or firstname.lastname@example.org.