About

Some muddy fieldwork in Orkney!

Alice Watterson is an archaeology PhD candidate at the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio. In 2009 Alice graduated from the University of Glasgow with a MA Hons in Archaeology. Having spent much of her extra-curricular time training herself in the specialist techniques of archaeological illustration she expanded her skill set into digital media the following year, achieving an MSc with distinction in Archaeological Computing Virtual Pasts from the University of Southampton in 2010. Her current research interests focus on the use of digital reconstruction as a tool for research and interpretation in archaeology.

Alice’s research is funded in part by Historic Scotland, and she has been the recipient of the Austin Merrill’s Postgraduate Scholarship during 2010/2011, and presently the Helen Cargill-Thomson Postgraduate Scholarship. All of which she is very grateful for!

You can contact me at: digitaldirtvirtualpasts@gmail.com

See my student profile at: http://www.gsa.ac.uk/research/supervisors-plus-students/research-students/w/watterson-alice/

Or find my Academia page: http://gsa.academia.edu/AliceWatterson

I’ve also done a wee interview for Ask an Archaeologist which you can read here: http://prehistories.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/ask-an-archaeologist-alice-watterson/

The Blog

Just to give an idea of why this blog came about I’ll give you the brief run down of what I’m trying to achieve over the next few years.  Through my PhD research I want to investigate how the creative processes involved in the production of archaeological visualizations engage with and develop the interpretive process.

Through a series of case-studies from the Scottish Ten project I hope to provide in-depth and critical narratives of the reconstruction process throughout the stages of data collection in the field, creation of the 3D models and consumption of the resulting visualizations by various audiences. With the aim of understanding how this process of visualisation and the creation of subjective narratives influences the integrity of the captured record, the control of experience and the ways we model uncertainty.

*IF YOU WISH TO USE ANY OF THE IMAGES ON THIS BLOG PLEASE CONTACT ME FIRST EXPLAINING THE CONTEXT YOU WISH TO USE THE IMAGE(S) IN AND PLEASE CREDIT IN THE CAPTION*

5 comments

  1. […] of working. The project was initiated following a series of discussions between PhD researchers Alice Watterson and Kieran Baxter together with Dr Aaron Watson, which established a mutual concern for the ways […]

  2. Hi Alice, read your ‘Ask an Archaeologist’ interview which led me here.
    My favourite period is the Neolithic, and my favourite place is Orkney. I have tried to get my wife to move there with me but she isn’t having it. I even told her there was an indian restaurant in Kirkwall but she still said no. Best of luck with your work-and I bet those knee patches come in handy!

    1. Maybe take her to visit one of the more remote isles like Westray, then when you return to Kirkwall it will feel like a bustling metropolis! Unfortunately those aren’t knee patches in the pic, it’s just dried on mud!!

      1. Could have been worse, could have been cow pats :)

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