Two Students, Two Conferences: The Diversity of Anthropology

Posted on 10/1/2018 3:14:26 PM

Applied Archaeology MA students Jared Divido and Matthew Bjorkman presented their research at the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education and Fields of Conflict conferences.

Divido presented the poster “Effectively utilizing Digital Multimedia Tools to Create Interactive Learning Opportunities” at the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He received a graduate student grant from the AAACE conference committee to attend this conference. His poster demonstrates how educators can use augmented and virtual reality to create new “dimensions” in learning. He has constructed fully interactive AR objects using 3D scans from the NextEngine Scanner.  Students can scan a scripted code (Zapcode) using any smart device, which will activate the 3D scan and pull it into their surrounding environment via the camera. From there, the student can manipulate the object to view it from different angles and viewpoints. Divido also created 360 panoramic images using web-based software called RoundMe. Students can “explore” archaeological sites, locations,  maps, etc. from a 360-degree viewpoint. The software is also compatible with VR headsets, so they can immerse themselves into the environment without actually being there in person.

Bjorkman, along with co-authors Mike Whitehead and Ben Ford, presented the poster “The French Assault on Fort Necessity, Reconstructing the Battle through Metal Detection” at the Fields of Conflict Conference in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The poster summarized recent National Park Service-funded research at Fort Necessity National Battlefield. This research employed metal detectors to survey the area around Fort Necessity, finding evidence of two French firing lines from the Battle of Fort Necessity (July 3, 1754). These findings allowed the flow of the battle to be superimposed on the modern landscape and will assist NPS in interpreting the battle to park visitors.

Department of Anthropology