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The 2020 Archon Winter School 'Sharing Practices: 3D visualisation in Dutch archaeology' aims to move beyond traditional research boundaries, and seeks to establish a cross-disciplinary community of practice of young researchers in the Netherlands with a shared interest in 3D visualisation of (archaeological) heritage.

The wide range of specialisms within the broad field of academic and commercial archaeology that have adopted 3D technology to implement their research tend not to get in contact that easily because of the supposed differences. Specialists, however, should share a common ground when using digital tools in archaeology in order to visualise historical processes and build explanatory models, no matter whether they are dealing with lost medieval houses in Amsterdam or potters’ strategies in the Mediterranean Bronze Age.

To reconcile such a wide variety of applications, the threeday Winter School (20-22 February 2020) will lay down the foundations for a best practice in archaeological visualisation, elaborating further on the general guidelines provided by the London Charter and Seville Principles. In particular, the workshops, symposium and roundtable will attempt to put forward solutions for visualising uncertainties and gaps in available (historical) data, to elaborate guidelines for the documentation of the course of research (i.e. choices made, selection procedures, assessment of data, also known as paradata) in order to safeguard transparency, and lastly to address common issues concerning data archiving, sustainability and accessibility.

Archaeologists from both academic and commercial settings are invited to submit abstracts for a paper presentation at the symposium and/or interactive poster presentations to be showcased during the three-day winter school. Contributions should promote the development of an established set of standards, guidelines or methodology of the use and deployment of 3D technology in archaeological research.

Deadline call for papers: 20 November 2019.