Unreal Archaeology: Combining Aerial Drones, Digital Animation, and Dirt Archaeology to recreate Ancient Landscapes
October 16th, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 pm
Zoom Virtual Meeting (Click for Link)
Dr. David R. Hixson (Ph.D. Tulane University) is an adjunct professor of Geography and Anthropology at Shepherd University and Hood College (MD). He specializes in archaeological remote sensing — the use of technology to detect, visualize, and analyze archaeological objects and landscapes. With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Hixson has excavated at sites all over the eastern United States, but today focuses upon the Ancient Maya of Yucatan, Mexico, and the antebellum plantations of the Shenandoah Valley. His work at Belle Grove Plantation has just been awarded a prestigious “Epic Megagrant” from the videogame company Epic Games to recreate the antebellum landscape of that important national heritage site. The talk is given at Shepherd is part of a larger project that is to be presented at the national meetings of the Society for American Archaeology later this semester.