Project Description


This three-week online course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of digital workflows and methods in archaeology implemented by the most recent technologies. Participants will also acquire practical skills which will be useful in both archaeological fieldwork and cultural heritage management. Archaeology in the third millennium is strongly digital: from data recording to post-processing and immersive virtual reality, archaeologists produce large amounts of digital data in different formats and platforms. It is a highly multidisciplinary activity, which requires advanced skills in information and spatial technologies but it opens new research perspectives and creates new job profiles at international level.

The name Dig@Lab (Digital Digging Laboratory) recalls the main goal of this research unit, which is “digging for information”, looking for new interpretations at the intersection of archaeology, cybernetics, heritage, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive science, art and history. More specifically, we are interested in investigating how information is shaped, elaborated, stored and then culturally transmitted by different societies, with a focus on ancient civilizations. We like to say that the past cannot be “reconstructed” but “simulated”, then performed by digital simulations. The Dig@Lab has its home at the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies but it collaborates with several different departments at Duke such as Classical Studies, Nicholas School, Computer Science and Institute for Brain Science. During this virtual course, students will use real archaeological data from some of the Dig@Lab archaeological projects such as the Etruscan city of Vulci (Italy), the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük (Turkey), the sites of Akrotiri and Knossos in Greece.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: May 3-May 23, 2021

  • Enrollment Status: Closed

  • Total Cost: $1,750

  • Course Type: Virtual program in digital and cyber archaeology

  • Payment Deadline: April 15, 2021

  • Instructors: Prof. Maurizio Forte, Dr. Nevio Danelon and Antonio LoPiano

  • Orientation: April 24 at 9 am PDT/ 12 pm EDT / 6 pm CEST
  • Academic Credit Units: 2 semester credit units (equivalent to 3 quarter credit units)

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The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Prof. Maurizio Forte
Prof. Maurizio Forte
Prof. Forte is the William and Sue Gross Professor at the Department of Classical Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke University. He is the founder of the DIG@Lab (for a digital knowledge of the past) at Duke.
Dr. Nevio Danelon
Dr. Nevio Danelon
Dr. Danelon is a researcher at Dig@Lab, Duke University.
Antonio LoPiano
Antonio LoPiano
Antonio LoPiano is a Ph.D candidate at Duke University.


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Tuition Includes:

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Student Fees

This program requires an online application — there is a $25 fee to submit an application. Once admitted, a payment of the nonrefundable deposit fee is required to secure a place in the program(s). The Tuition balance (total program cost minus the deposit fee) must be paid prior to the Tuition deadline as listed above under “Course Details.” A $100 late fee will be added to all accounts not paid in full by the Tuition deadline.

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