Seminar: Hestia 2: Exploring spatial networks through ancient sources

Via Leif Isaksen on the Digital Classicist list:

Dear all,

The AHRC-funded Hestia project is pleased to announce “Hestia2:
Exploring spatial networks through ancient sources”, a one-day seminar
on spatial network analysis and linked data in Classical studies,
archaeology and cultural heritage.

The seminar will be held at The University of Southampton on 18 July.
Registration for this event is free, but we do recommend registering
as early as possible since the number of available places is limited.
More information, including abstracts and registration, can be found
via the following link:

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Southampton!

Elton Barker, Stefan Bouzarovski, Leif Isaksen and Tom Brughmans


Hestia2: Exploring spatial networks through ancient sources

Spatial relationships appear throughout our sources about the past:
from the ancient roads that connect cities, or ancient authors
mentioning political alliances between places, to the stratigraphic
contexts archaeologists deal with in their fieldwork. However, as
datasets about the past become increasingly large, spatial
relationships become ever more difficult to disentangle. Network
visualization and analysis allow us to address such spatial
relationships explicitly and directly. This seminar aims to explore
the potential of these innovative techniques for research in the
higher education, public and cultural heritage sector.

The seminar is part of Hestia2, a public engagement project aimed at
introducing a series of conceptual and practical innovations to the
spatial reading and visualisation of texts. Following on from the
AHRC-funded initiative ‘Network, Relation, Flow: Imaginations of Space
in Herodotus’s Histories’ (Hestia:
), Hestia2 represents a deliberate shift from experimenting with
geospatial analysis of a single text to making Hestia’s outcomes
available to new audiences and widely applicable to other texts
through a seminar series, online platform, blog and learning materials
with the purpose of fostering knowledge exchange between researchers
and non-academics, and generating public interest and engagement in
this field.

Preliminary programme:

11:00                     Registration and coffee
11:30                     HESTIA-team
Welcome and introduction to HESTIA and HESTIA2
12:00                     Maximilian Schich (The University of Texas at Dallas)
Topography and Topology: Towards common ground in archaeological research
12:25                     Alex Godden (Hampshire County Council)
Historic Environment Records: New ways of looking for the past
12:50                     John Goodwin (Ordnance Survey)
Ordnance Survey and Linked Data
13:15                     Discussion
13:35                     Tea and coffee break
13:55                     Terhi Nurmikko (University of Southampton)
“To survey the land, he left his city” and other proverbs: Mapping ancient Mesopotamia from cuneiform inscriptions
14:20                     Kate Byrne (University of Edinburgh)
Geoparsing and spatial network
analysis in the GAP projects
14:45                     Giorgio Uboldi (Politecnico di Milano)
Knot: an Interface for the Study of Social Networks in the Humanities
15:10                     Discussion
15:35                     Tea and coffee break
16:00                     Keith May (English Heritage)
Exploring the Use of Semantic
Technologies for Cross-Search of Archaeological Grey Literature and
16:25                     Paul Cripps (University of Glamorgan)
GeoSemantic Technologies for Archaeological Resources

About Tom Elliott

Associate Director for Digital Programs and Senior Research Scholar, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
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