Digitization of Eleusis
The first first field school season for digitizing the ancient archeological site of Eleusis was held in August, 2010, in collaboration with the University of Arkansas. Following its success, IHC.Digital, once again in collaboration with the University of Arkansa, held and completed a second season of the digitization project in Eleusis in 2011, and further developed its innovative 3D laser scanning of the archaeological site. The programs rans during the months of may and June, before the summer heat wave, and was attended by Greek and US students representing a range of disciplines – including archaeological conservation, animation, archaeology, computer engineering and classis – who actively participated and contributed to the continuing digitization of the site. Based on student participation and feedback, the field school of 2011 evolved to focus more on the laser scanning and data processing.
The digitization of the archaeological site of Eleusis ran for a third and final season in 2012, when the project was completed. The successful completion of site digitization led to the expanding of the program to include the historic buildings of Nafplion, modern Greece’s first capital. The students who attended the individual field schools in Elefsina gained the skills and capacity to digitize archaeological sites independently, as well as to improvise and troubleshoot as needed at any respective site.
Institutional partnership and collaboration included in whole, or partly: The University of Arkansas, CAST; the Bodossakis Foundation; Mr. T. Paplexopoulos; the Municipality of Elefsina; the Kykeon Tales Cafe; Leica; Rapidform; Alice Labs, and the Institute for Field Research (IFR).