Friday, June 22, 2012

Crowd-Sourcing the Looting of Cultural Heritage

Dr. Shawn Graham, a 'digital archaeologist' and Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at Carleton University in Ottawa Canada, is monitoring the looting of cultural heritage as a crowd-sourcing project (screen grab, left).

Dr Graham's project is clearly benefiting from the excellent work of award-winning UK archaeologist and cultural heritage sleuth Professor David Gill at University Campus, Suffolk, England, and the regular blog posts of Dr Derek Fincham, Academic Director of ARCA (Association for Research into Crimes Against Art), which holds its annual conference in Amelia, Umbria, this coming weekend.

I will be heading out to Amelia in a few weeks to undertake my annual ARCA lecturing stint, always a rewarding experience.

Note to self: don't forget to pack the diamond tiara.

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