For some time now I’ve been itching to get my head back into my own research, but between working in the 3DVisLab most of the week and freelance on client-led projects the rest it can be tricky finding the space to think in depth about anything other than the task in hand. To be fair, that ‘task in hand’ is mostly fun, interesting and challenging! However, for much of the week my brain is too saturated to think critically, let alone write about it.
“Reflections on Celts is a partnership tour between National Museums Scotland and the British Museum featuring two Iron Age mirrors, which tell very different stories, and help us to understand the relationships between communities in Britain 2,000 years ago.“ – McManus Galleries, Dundee Very excited to share our film “Above the Law: Dundee Law in the Iron Age” which Kieran and I made for the Reflections on Celts exhibition at the McManus Galleries in Dundee.
Last week Kieran and I travelled down to London to attend the AHRC Research in Film Awards which was hosted at the BAFTA Theatre in Piccadilly where Kieran’s Caterthuns film won in the Doctoral Award category. A still from Kieran’s film for which I modelled the Iron Age reconstructions for White Caterthun. It was brilliant to see Kieran win his category, especially since the Caterthuns were up against some stunning competition.
Now and again a project comes up that challenges me to explore a new technique or technology for the first time. One such job came across my desk recently which I thought was certainly worth a wee blog post. Earlier this summer I completed work preparing a number of Egyptian canopic jars from Luxor to be 3D printed. An example of one of the fragmentary canopic jars (NKRF). Yet to be printed, but a beautiful example of one of the jar lids (NKRF).
Really excited to share a film Baxter and I have been working on over the course of the past year with Dig Ventures and English Heritage. Brendon at Dig Ventures approached us last year with a challenge, should we choose to accept it – using drone footage captured by Adam Stanford (Aerial Cam) and an earlier reconstruction by Drew Smith we were tasked with telling the story of Leiston Abbey and the Dig Ventures excavations.
As part of the Blogging Archaeology Carnival run by Doug Rocks-Macqueen over at Doug’s Archaeology I’ve been invited to write a wee blog post addressing the theme of “Grand Challenges” for archaeology.
Right guys – it’s official, after a wee hiatus this year (have been unbelievably busy, all exciting stuff of course) I’m returning to blogging with full force! As most of you know, in the year or so since I finished my PhD I’ve set myself up to operate freelance and have been working on a wide range of projects, mostly in a commercial capacity though there’s still a fair few research-based ones thrown in there for good measure.
A wee post about one of the current research projects I’ve got on the go with Tessa and the Glasgow SERF team! Designing Digital Engagements The SERF project has been investigating hillforts in Strathearn, Perthshire since 2007. We have now explored eleven sites and have dug trenches across their surviving ramparts and ditches.
In between jetting off to Sweden, New Zealand and the USA (hope to get permissions to write a post about what I was up to soon…) over the past month or two I published a paper in the De Gruyter Open Archaeology journal. The journal is open access which is great because it’s peer reviewed and freely available to everyone online which I think is really important for academic work.
Really excited to be speaking at the Challenge the Past Diversify the Future conference in Gothenburg next week.
As many of you will know if you read the blog regularly, since the Digital Dwelling fieldwork I’ve continued to work on a number of collaborative projects and endeavors with Aaron Watson, Kieran Baxter and John Was. So I’m excited to share that in addition to my own projects I am now also working with Monumental, a creative heritage interpretation practice founded by Aaron Watson which also forms a front for our collaborative work.
Since I finished my PhD and started to work freelance full-time back in the summer I’ve worked on quite a mix of jobs though for obvious reasons I’m not always able to share the production process or final outputs online right away, if at all. However, I’m still a keen blogger and this month as it happens there are a few projects on my books that I can offer a sneak peak into.
Of course you would! If anyone is interested my PhD thesis and accompanying folio material are now available on the Glasgow School of Art’s RADAR archive which you can access HERE… ...
Now, don’t let the title of this blog post fool you because my return to the Links of Noltland for three weeks of digging last month were an absolute blast! I’d meant to write a post about the dig much sooner than this but unfortunately a combination of hardly having been in Glasgow since my return and a colossal hard drive failure from my laptop meant there’s been a lot to catch up on this past week or two.
Just returning from another fantastic week of fieldwork with the visualisation team (aka the usual suspects Aaron and Kieran). We were back up on Westray continuing to compile a visual and audio record of the Links of Noltland site and ongoing excavations (our work is kindly grant supported by Historic Scotland). Warp speed ahead on route to Westray… Kieran took the reigns this year with one of the in-progress project outcomes which is in more line with his PhD research.
Just a very quick post now that I’ve had time to let it sink in/recover from the celebrations – I passed my viva on Tuesday and pending minor corrections will officially be Dr.
I’ve just finished setting up my professional freelance website – for all your archaeological visualisation needs! Head over to http://www.alicewatterson.co.uk to see my portfolio and do get in touch if you’d like to discuss any potential commissions or projects.
On the 5th June I’ll be talking at the Storystorm workshop being held at the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio… The event is free but you do need to register, which you can do HERE. StoryStorm Workshop: Heritage Stories and Digital Technology The StoryStorm Network is a collaborative exchange of methods for storytelling in research.
First off, a disclaimer that this post isn’t particularly research focussed so if you’re allergic to fun turn away now…still with me? Ok. Last week I returned from a fantastic adventure to the Middle East where I visited one of the ‘New Seven Wonders’ of the world – the ancient Nabataean city of Petra in Jordan.
I’ve recently been working with the University of St Andrews as a research assistant on their Open Virtual Worlds project. Their research team have been developing an interactive virtual model of the village on Hirte for the Taigh Chearsabhagh museum and arts centre on North Uist as part of their St Kilda exhibition.