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Lecture: Maurizio Forte

Thursday, October 5 at 11:30am

Edith O'Donnell Arts & Technology Building (ATC), ATC 2.705
800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

Archaeology in the age of Sensing, AI and Neuroartifacts


The integration of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) and state-of-the-art sensing technologies has initiated a novel epoch in the field of archaeological research, facilitating the investigation of ancient sites. landscapes and the study of human history with unparalleled levels of thoroughness and accuracy. Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the field of archaeology by offering novel tools and techniques to uncover, analyze, and reconstruct the past.

This contribution investigates the convergence of archaeology, artificial intelligence (AI), and the study of neuroartifacts, elucidating the profound possibilities that arise from these technological breakthroughs. Neuroartifacts encompass the utilization of electroencephalography (EEG), eye-tracking, and other connected methodologies to examine and decipher neural activity patterns linked to human behaviors, aesthetics, and cultural expression. Nevertheless, the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) has brought about a significant transformation in this field through the optimization of data gathering, processing, and interpretation processes. The utilization of AI-powered unmanned aerial vehicles, ground-penetrating radar systems, LiDAR technology, and 3D scanning techniques has facilitated the identification of concealed archaeological sites, the cartographic representation of vast landscapes, and related digital reconstructions.

Maurizio Forte is William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies and Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. He is a classical archaeologist and scholar specializing in the innovative use of digital technologies in archaeological research and cultural heritage preservation. He has made significant contributions to the field through interdisciplinary collaboration, cutting-edge technology integration, and pioneering methodologies. Forte's research interests encompass various aspects of archaeology, including landscape archaeology, virtual reconstructions of ancient sites, and the exploration of the sensory experiences of past civilizations. He is known for his work at several archaeological sites worldwide, where he has applied advanced techniques such as 3D modeling, virtual reality, remote sensing, AI and neuroscience applications to enhance our understanding of ancient cultures. In addition to his scholarly endeavors, Maurizio Forte has published a substantial body of literature, comprising over 200 research papers, and he is author and editor of 23 volumes.


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