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Veronica Ikeshoji-Orlati


Classical Archaeologist. Digital Humanist. Data Enthusiast.


In Development

Music in South Italian Vase-Painting Database

The database is a resource for studying music, musicians, and the iconography of performance in South Italian vase-painting of the 4th century BCE. It is built on rich descriptive information (metadata) about c. 2,500 vases with musical iconography and will be expanded to include other archaeological and iconographic evidence for South Italian musical performance. In Spring 2017, a sample dataset of c. 1,600 Apulian vases with musical iconography was converted into RDF to explore the potential of linked open data for large-scale iconographic studies. By Spring 2018, in collaboration with Lindsey Fox, an interactive map of the last known location of the vases in the dataset will be made available.

Network Analysis of Trendall’s Lists

In collaboration with Bobby Smiley, I am creating network visualizations of A.D. Trendall’s lists of South Italian vase-painters to explore iconographic and stylistic patterns, particularly in the works of the mid-4th century BCE Darius and Underworld Painters and their associates. The preliminary results of this project will be presented at HASTAC 2017.

Digital Approaches to Recontextualizing Museum Artefacts

As part of a seminar I will be teaching in Spring 2018, I am investigating how 3D printing, network visualizations, augmented and virtual reality, and other digital tools can facilitate recontextualization of ancient Greek and Roman artefacts in the Vanderbilt Art Gallery’s collection. Syllabus forthcoming.

3D Lamps of Kenchreai

After a preliminary site visit in summer 2017 (at the invitation of Joseph L. Rife, co-director of the American Excavations at Kenchreai), I have composed a proposal for integrating 3D scanning, modelling, and printing into the research program and teaching curriculum of the field school. Upon approval, a selection of 3D-scanned objects would be recontextualized in digital models of the site created based on the data in the Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, facilitating reinterpretation of a long-excavated and historically-pivotal site.

3D/VR Creation and Curation

In March 2018, three CLIR colleagues (Kristy Golubiewski-Davis, Jennifer Grayburn, and Zack Lischer-Katz) and I will be hosting a two-day colloquium to discuss the creation and curation of 3D and VR digital objects. Updates forthcoming.