Research tends to begin with a series of observations on a site, object, monument or related space as it stands in the present, and leads to the construction of narratives which aim to craft a dialogue between that experience of the real today and the experience of the real in the recent and distant past. Visualisation is a critical methodology in such narrative creation—extending far beyond mere presentation of results into the actual constitution of data and the working and reworking of archaeological ideas. It is a key player, then, in the process of mediating the real. The visual tools we use (both new and old), their interactions with our ways of seeing, and the relationships between these interactions and our experiences on-the-ground — with collaborators, spaces, and other sensory engagements — affect how we do archaeology and conceive of the past. In other words, visual practices are intimately connected to different ways of thinking, and such connections can be (and have long been) exploited to productive effect.
This wordpress site was created in order to initiate discussion and knowledge-sharing in preparation for our 2013 TAG USA session: Seeing, Thinking, Doing: Visualisation as Archaeological Research.
Following the success of the session, we felt that maintaining this website as a forum for debate and idea development was important. We are now preparing for a follow-up session at TAG Bournemouth (December 2013). We hope you will consider submitting a paper & attending the presentations. Contact Sara for more information.
Our intention is to continue to nurture a discussion around how vision and imaging impact upon archaeological knowledge creation, shaping our research and the future of our practice.