Digital Heritage 2018 3rd International Congress & Expo
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Laura Harrison

Access 3D Lab, University of South Florida
Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida Area
I am a Research Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, and the director of Access 3D Lab - a research lab that incubates and supports transformative research in the digital realm. Projects at the lab encompass STEM disciplines, the arts and the humanities.

Originally trained as a Bronze Age archaeologist, I became interested in 3D virtualization during her research at a threatened site in Turkey. I am an advocate of interdisciplinary approaches in archaeology, as well as open access and digitization in the sciences and humanities.

I'm motivated by an interest in cultural heritage preservation and using 3D in outreach and education, and my current research focuses on digital salvage archaeology, virtual museums, and improving digital literacy through hands-on training in 3D methods.
I have worked on archaeological excavations throughout the United States and Europe for ten years, and served as area supervisor of Bronze Age archaeological excavations in Greece and Turkey during her graduate studies. My research in Turkey examines how the architecture and spatial arrangement of early cities attests to broader socio-political dynamics. The research integrates methods of spatial and architectural analysis to identify social analogs that connect urban life in the past and present.

I have a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University at Buffalo, as well as an M.A. in Anthropology from the University at Buffalo, and a B.A. in Anthropology and Art History from Ithaca College. I also have over ten years of museum experience, and founded the interdisciplinary, open access journal Chronika in 2010, which publishes peer-reviewed articles about European and Mediterranean archaeology.