In collaboration with the online open access journal Open Archaeology, we invite manuscripts for the Special Issue on Art, Creativity and Automation.
Sharing 3D Visualization Practices in Archaeology.

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Archon Winter School

20-22 February 2020

RCE Amersfoort and University of Amsterdam

Sharing Practices: Archaeological 3D Visualisation in the Netherlands

The 2020 Archon Winter School Sharing Practices: Archaeological 3D Visualisation in the Netherlands aimed to move beyond traditional research boundaries, and seeks to establish a community of practice for young researchers in the Netherlands with a shared interest in 3D visualisation of (archaeological) heritage. Archaeologists from both academic and commercial settings contributed to the symposium by sharing their work in the form of oral presentations and/or interactive posters, showcased during the three-day event. All contributions promoted the development of an established set of standards, guidelines or methodology of the use and deployment of 3D technology in archaeological research.

Background & Aims

The wide range of specialisms within the broad field of academic and commercial archaeology that have adopted 3D technology to implement their research often have limited opportunity to connect and engage with each other. Specialists using digital tools in archaeology, however, should share a common ground in order to visualize historical processes and build explanatory models, no matter whether they are dealing with lost medieval houses in Amsterdam or potters’ strategies in the Mediterranean Bronze Age. To reconcile such a wide variety of applications, the three-day Winter School will lay down the foundations for a best practice in archaeological visualisation, elaborating further on the general guidelines provided by the London Charter and Seville Principles. In particular, the workshops, symposium and roundtable will attempt to put forward solutions for visualizing uncertainties and gaps in available (historical) data, to elaborate guidelines for the documentation of the course of research (i.e. choices made, selection procedures, assessment of data, also known as paradata) in order to safeguard transparency, and lastly to address common issues concerning data archiving, sustainability and accessibility.  

Structure & Schedule
Day 1 (Thursday 20 February): Workshops

The three-day Winter School kicks off with a full day dedicated to several workshops running in parallel sessions. Topics range from the application of 3DHOP (WS1 organised by Dr. M. Callieri, ISTI-CNR), when and how to use the Extended Matrix (WS2 organised by Dr. E. Demetrescu, ISPC-CNR), to dynamic data visualisation in Blender (WS3 organised by the 4D Research Lab, UvA) and how to exploit 3D printing as educational and public outreach tool (WS4 organised by the TPW team, UvA). The day will be closed with a lecture by 3D visualisation pioneer Prof. Dr. Paul Reilly (University of Southampton). 

Day 2 (Friday 21 February) : Symposium

The symposium opens with a brief welcoming address by the organisers, followed by a fully packed       schedule of both oral presentations and interactive posters and demos. The day will close with a keynote lecture delivered by digital humanities specialist Prof. Dr. Sarah Kenderdine (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne). The symposium aims in particular to:

  • Reflect on the information examined and put in practice during the workshops;
  • Offer greater theoretical embedding of 3D visualisation methods;
  • Assess their role in knowledge production.

The symposium revolves around three main interdisciplinary themes, including the use of 3D technology as a research and teaching tool, the formalization of the virtual reconstruction process, and the accessibility and publication of digital archives. Speakers with ranging specialisms such as Dr. Nicoló dell’Unto (University of Lund), Prof. Dr. Patrick Randolph Quinney (University of Central Lancashire) and Dr. Martijn Manders (RCE/Leiden University), Dr. Chiara Piccoli (University of Amsterdam), Dr. Canan Çakirlar (University of Groningen) will present their approaches and theoretical reflections on these matters, adding to current knowledge and fostering best practices in both education and research realms.

Day 3 (Saturday 22 February): Roundtable

The last (half) day is dedicated to a roundtable discussion that will wrap up the outcomes of the first two days, ultimately translating practical and theoretical into a community of practice of (Dutch) professionals working with 3D technology to visualise archaeological heritage.

Papers & Interactive Poster Presentations

To emphasize the inclusive character of the event, the Archon Winter School brings academic and commercial worlds together, as we believe that by sharing digital practices the learning options increase greatly. Both academic and commercial archaeological parties have been invited to showcase their technological solutions, products and methods at the Winter School and/or present a paper. 

(R)MA students have been encouraged to submit a poster proposal to showcase their projects on one of the touchscreens (serious games, interactive posters, Augmented or Virtual Reality or any other 3D approach that was undertaken as part of a project or thesis) or bring their own digital solution (hologram projectors, 3D scanning solutions, interactive devices, and so on). These projects will be introduced by 5-minute lightning talks.

Lastly, we are exploring the possibilities to publish individual papers in a thematic issue of an open access journal that will be introduced by a co-authored, reflexive contribution outlining the outcomes of the presentations and the results of the roundtable discussions. This editorial endeavour may form the beginning of a Dutch community of practice of professionals working on 3D visualisation of archaeological heritage.  


Prof. Dr. Patrick Randolph Quinney will give a short demonstration of handheld small object scanning using a structured light Artec Spider scanner as well as a demonstration of a VR platform for archaeological engagement with examples from cave sites in California and virtual skeletal remains.

Prof. Dr. Jan Paul Crielaard and Dr. Maurice de Kleijn will present the Knowledge Hub, a database in which all known settlements, important roads and routes over land and sea are stored in Euboia, supplemented with new data provided by field surveys and remote sensing research that was generated by the SESLR project. This data is visualised through a 3D viewer, which enables specialists and other stakeholders to easily analyse  large quantities of spatial data.


This Winter School is made possible by the generous contributions of the national Dutch research school for archaeology Archon, the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (University of Amsterdam), the Department of Archaeological Sciences (Leiden University), the Amsterdam University Fund, the Tracing the Potter’s Wheel project and the 4D Research Lab (University of Amsterdam). 

The Organising Committee

Loes Opgenhaffen, University of Amsterdam

Hayley Mickleburgh, Linnaeus University

Martina Revello Lami, Leiden University