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University Faculty Lecture Series continues today

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Bill Caraher, assistant professor of history, will present the final University of North Dakota university faculty lecture in the 2009-10 series. Titled “Dream Archaeology” the lecture will address some speculations about his past and future work. The lecture will take place Thursday, April 29, at the North Dakota Museum of Art, with a reception at 4 p.m., and the lecture beginning at 4:30 p.m. The presentation is free and everyone is welcome.

Professor Caraher is co-director of Pyla Koutsopetria Archaeological Project in Cyprus and is a contributor to the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey. Both of these projects study material from both Greece and Cyprus, examining Greek and Cypriot history from its earliest days to the modern period.

Recently, Caraher has become interested in database management and geographic information systems applications (GIS) in archaeological research. He helped to move the Ohio State Excavations at Isthmia, Greece, into the digital era by producing a new database of finds from this site and has worked to re-analyze material from a 30-year-old archaeological survey in Boeotia using digital tools. He has also branched into new media, producing two archaeological documentaries, collaborating on a digital photography exhibit, and assembling an archive of podcasts from the field.

As fieldwork in both Greece and Cyprus winds down, Caraher is exploring new opportunities to bring together history, archaeology, and digital technologies. This includes involving students in creating online archives of archaeological material, looking to new ways to use social and new media to collect and disseminate information on the Web, and working with longstanding archaeological projects to publish their findings in digital media.

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April 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm

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