Anthropology 2022: Picturing the Past: An Introduction to Digital Epigraphy and Archaeological Illustration



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