HDS 2002

Picturing the Past: An Introduction to Digital Epigraphy and Archaeological Illustration

Peter Der Manuelian and Alexandre Andreevich Tokovinine


Explores the history, development, and current methodology behind archaeological illustration based on two sample cultures, ancient Egyptian (Old World) and Mayan (New World). Students will focus on epigraphy—the creation of facsimile line drawings of relief sculpture, inscriptions, and selected three-dimensional objects (via photography and 3D scanning) for publication. Labs will furnish access to today's computer and tablet devices, and students will gain practical experience working directly from objects in the various archaeological collections of Harvard University and beyond. No previous artistic training is assumed.Prerequisite: General background: Interest in any of the following: Anthropology, archaeology, epigraphy, graphic design, Egyptology, Mayan archaeology.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 10 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as Anthropology 2022


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Tues 1pm-3:30pm
FAS CGIS Knafel Room K108

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