Monday, 5 March 2012

Past the First Post

So here it is: my first post on my first blog! A blog about the past--but also about the present, and by the time of this blog's conclusion 15 months from now, something of the future.

I've just begun a COFUND Research Fellowship with the Dahlem Research School, in affiliation with Excellence Cluster TOPOI and the Institut für Altorientalistik at Freie Universität Berlin. From now until May 2013 I will be undertaking a research project on some of the world's earliest writing and other imagery from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Exciting stuff - if you're in to this sort of thing! 

My project is entitled: ‘A Comparative Study of Scribal and Artistic Spaces in Early Egypt and the Ancient Near East: Integrating micro- and macro-scale analyses’. I'll explain more about this in future posts -- about 3 times per week. In addition to a spot of field work in Egypt, I'll be poking around museum basements (love museum archaeology!) as I collect my data, including photographs of hieroglyph-inscribed funerary stelae, seal impressions, cuneiform tablets, decorated vessels, etc. 

A key topic on this blog will be the open access digital imaging technology, Reflectance Transformation Imaging(RTI). This is a method of photography which enables the virtual re-lighting of material surfaces and will be a tremendous aid as I research early scribal and artistic use of materials, tools and techniques. I've been using RTI for a while, but the RTI community is growing quickly and new developments in hardware and software are continually emerging. So I will also be posting my general thoughts and views on RTI news and developments.

Well, I've managed to polish off an Eidauer Schwarzbier in the writing - aroma of caramel and roasted malt, not too sweet. A fine blogging companion.



6 comments:

  1. What an exciting project! It's great that you plan to blog about your progress so we can follow along too.

    Looking forward to reading more.

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  2. Fantastic! I look forward to reading about your project as it unfolds in the present!

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  3. Congratulations Kathryn! Sounds absolutely fascinating. I will be keeping my eye on your blog with much interest.

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  4. Thanks for your kind words and feedback! Still gathering momentum here as I figure out how to 'drive' a blog. I am also learning what works best for communicating my project and what readers are interested in. Suggestions, questions, comments, etc. most welcome! Catch me twitter as well: @kathrynpiquette

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  5. Kathryn! Kind of a random drop in from an old friend here. I was just thinking about you and wondering where you ended up. This is some fascinating stuff! I had no idea you were into archeology. I still keep in touch with daviedandroo from time to time. Anyway, just thought I'd say "hi." :) (@arxpoetica is my twitter handle)

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  6. Blast from the past! Great to hear from you, Robert! Archaeology - yes. Loving it! Digital imaging is central to my work of late. Lots of exciting things going on with RTI but, alas, I have been terrible with taking time to post about it here :-( Directing most of my writing time/energy into publication. Shall surf over to your twitter profile now...

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