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What can 3D technology tell us about ancient civilizations?

CRANE project director and U of T archaeologist Professor Timothy Harrison leads an international, multi-disciplinary team of researchers in a groundbreaking effort to digitize, visualize, and simulate the birthplace of human civilization.

Archaeologists, paleoenvironmental researchers, and other scholars often converge on the same sites to unearth forgotten ways of life from different perspectives and using different techniques. When hundreds of researchers work the same sites, they can generate a lot of data, such as maps, photos, and notes about objects and places, leading to information overload. The growing mountain of data itself needs to be excavated and methodically organized for it to be useful.