Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

A Sense of Urgency

Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S. - Nicola Lercari

Nicola Lercari [+-]
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Nicola Lercari is a Professor and Chair of Digital Cultural Heritage Studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. His scholarship exposes the fundamental role that digital and geospatial technologies play in the investigation and protection of sites of cultural significance, archaeological and museum collections, data and information that describe and document the cultural diversity of our planet. Lercari’s publications cover time and space from the ancient cities of Bologna (900 BCE-present, Italy), Çatalhöyük (7100-5600 BCE, Turkey) and Palenque (400 BCE–800 CE, Mexico) to the historic sites of Bodie and Fort Ross, CA.
Willeke Wendrich [+-]
University of California, Los Angeles
Willeke Wendrich holds the Joan Silsbee Chair in African Cultural Archaeology and is a professor of Egyptian Archaeology and Digital Humanities in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA. She has worked for 30 years in Egypt and currently directs an archaeological project in Ethiopia, with a strong focus on ethnoarchaeology and community archaeology. From 2012 to 2016, she was the Director of the Center for Digital Humanities, and presently she directs the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the online UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, a Board member of the Institute for Field Research, and an Academic Board member of the famous Museo Egizio in Turin. She published widely on the social context of craft production and especially on basketry and basket makers. Some of her publications: Egyptian Archaeology (Wiley Blackwell 2010), Archaeology and Apprenticeship(University of Arizona Press, 2012), and The Desert Fayum Reinvestigated (CIoA Press, 2017). She was a Co-Principal Investigator for the UC Office of the President's Research Catalyst Award that funded the research discussed in this volume.

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This opening chapter describes the goals and themes of the book. It reflects on historical and contemporary ideas about 'at-risk' cultural heritage and how the recent and rapid developmental trajectory of digital tools in archaeology has, together with geopolitical and environmental crises, re-framed a sense of urgency about archaeology heritage preservation. The chapter also previews the book's structure, its five areas of focus, and the content of the following chapters.

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Lercari, Nicola; Wendrich, Willeke. A Sense of Urgency. Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age - Sending Out an S.O.S.. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-12 Feb 2022. ISBN 9781800501263. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=42591. Date accessed: 07 Feb 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42591. Feb 2022

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