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CHNT Vienna 2015

Professor Dragoș Gheorghiu and Eng. Livia Ştefan, participated with a paper presentation at the 20th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies CHNT 2015, 2-4 November, 2015, Vienna.

Dissem Viena

Students from a secondary school visiting the TimeMaps

Students from a secondary school visiting the TimeMaps team in Mangalia, October 4th, 2015.

EAA 2015

Professor Dragoș Gheorghiu participated at the EAA’s 21st Annual Meeting, 2-5 September, 2015, in Glasgow.

Doctoral Consortium CSEDU 2015

Eng. Livia Ştefan participated with a paper and a poster presentation at the Doctoral Consortium of the International Conference on Computer Supported Education CSEDU 2015 (DCCSEDU 2015), 23-25 May, 2015, Lisbon.


The 11th International Scientific Conference eLearning and software for Education (eLSE)

Eng. Livia Ştefan, participated with a paper presentation at the 11th International Scientific Conference eLearning and software for Education (eLSE), Bucharest, 25-26 April, 2015


The XI Ibero-American Archaeology meeting, Mação, 17th March 2015

Davide Delfino and Dragos Georghiu presented the paper Fortificações, Paisagem, materiais antigos e contemporâneos para públicos de arqueologia: a página de Mação e Abrantes no projecto TimeMap at the XI Ibero-American Archaeology meeting in Mação, 17th March 2015, at Sala de Conferências do Museu de Arte Pré-Histórica de Mação.

HEMUS International Conference

Professor Dragoș Gheorghiu and Lecturer Adrian Șerbănescu have presented the TimeMaps project at HEMUS International Conference, March 13th , 2015, in Skopje, Macedonia.


EAA SESSION CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline 16 February 2015)

Prof. Dragos Gheorghiu, National University of Arts – Bucharest and Mr. Derek Pitman, Bournemouth University

Session details
Session type
Oral presentation
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Session theme
Science and Archaeology

Since their earliest use technologies that employ fire have been considered the some of the most complex endeavours of humankind. This is because they involve both the transformation of materials and require careful and precise control over furnace, kiln and hearth environments. The need to control the internal conditions of pyrotechnical features has resulted in an archaeological approach that, in many cases, has sought to establish and characterise these conditions primarily through scientific study. We are then familiar with studies that discuss reducing/oxidising conditions of kilns and furnaces or establish the operating temperatures of various processes. This focus on the internal conditions of such features has, arguably, been at the expense of a more holistic consideration of the features themselves. This session will discuss such features not in terms of their enclosed technical process, but as a form of specialised architecture: pyrotechnical architecture. This will allow a broader analysis which considers space, engagement and agency. Unlike most architecture, pyrotechnical architecture does not define an internal space to be occupied but instead defines a specific space that is inhabited in a manner that ensures a specific set of internal conditions. From this perspective new approaches to these types of features may be considered that can extend from excavation strategies to how we employ archaeological reconstructions. We welcome contributions that seek to address these matters in both theoretical and practical terms.

CGeo – PROJECT 2015 – 2020

CGeo is a research focused consortium based on the full commitment of its institutional members:
• the University of Coimbra (UC);
• the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD);
• the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar (IPT);
• the Earth and Memory Institute (ITM).

All institutional members, are continuously searching improvement and enhancement of knowledge, creativity, research and technology, contributing decisively to the progress of science, technology and to the enhancement of knowledge as an essential element of people’s lives. The strategic guide lines are: reinforcing the presence in the European research space by developing a research policy centered on the promotion of excellence, investing in quality teaching, intensifying the connections with society and the surrounding environment, and promoting a proactive, rational, responsible and thorough management of resources, based on criteria of economy, efficacy and efficiency.

UC’S, has a strong liaison with Institutes in the fields of applied science and technology transfer, as well as science based enterprise incubation (e.g. BIOCANT, IPN, ADAI, ITECONS). Both universities have a long track of lecturing in earth sciences, offering degrees from BSc to PhD and Post Doc studies. The Polytechnic has a strong dimension in geoarchaeology and in applied geosciences in various domains (conservation, engineering), also offering BSc and MSc degrees. ITM is a purely research driven entity, with a major focus on past technology, landscape survey and management and in bridging earth and humans sciences.

Two major consequences derive from this:
• the team members collaborates as if they belong to the same institution;
• the laboratory facilities are run as an integrated lab resource, avoiding redundancies and maximizing the investment.

All institutions have identified Geosciences as a strategic priority, and do favor a networking structure. Results of CGeo as stated in this report illustrate the advances achieved, and also led to some structural modifications that will render it more effective from 2014 on. One major dimension of this shared commitment has been the collaborative work in international projects with Africa (Ethiopia, Angola, Senegal) and Southern America (Brazil, Colombia).

The management structure derives from this approach, and the strong attractiveness of the offered advance studies degrees is to a large extent also a consequence of these projects. The strategic goals, in line with the 2020 strategy, but also with the regional priorities (namely territorial cohesion) focus on building a three pillars approach: – identification and characterization of resources; – their transformation and use; – and human related adaptive strategies. All the prior main specific objectives have been achieved in the recent past. The CGeo will introduce a few changes in its internal organization, as will be described in the current report and application.

Children from Vadastra School using the TimeMaps AR Applications

Children from Vadastra School scanning with smartphones the QR barcodes of videos with ancient technologies produced by Time Maps Project. Vadastra, September 2014