“Using Computer Graphics in Archaeology: A Struggle for Educative Science or to Educate Science?” by Martinez and Chalmers

  • ©Philippe Martinez and Alan Chalmers

  • ©Philippe Martinez and Alan Chalmers

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    Using Computer Graphics in Archaeology: A Struggle for Educative Science or to Educate Science?

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    Computers have long been used by archaeologists for tasks such as recording excavation plans, illustrating artefacts and presenting the results of scientific analyses. However, recent developments in computer graphics and interactive techniques are providing powerful tools for modeling new multi-dimensional aspects of the data gathered. Computer graphics can now be used to reconstruct and visualize features of a site, or artifact which may otherwise be difficult to appreciate. This new perspective may enhance our understanding of the environments in which our ancestors lived and worked, but there is also a very real danger that we may be misrepresenting the past.


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