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Open Archeology: Topical Issue on Exploring Advances in the Use of 3D Models of Objects in Archaeological Research



Barry Molloy, University College Dublin, Ireland 




Open Archaeology invites manuscripts for the Topical Issue on: Exploring Advances in the Use of 3D Models of Objects in Archaeological Research.


Perception of the increasing role of 3D modelling for object studies in archaeology varies from it being a revolutionary resource to a useful addition to our toolkit. Its use for excavation documentation, structures and landscapes has been established in archaeology, though its role in the analysis of smaller items of interest has yet to be considered in depth. It is clear, however, that we are making and using 3D models with increasing frequency for material culture studies (broadly interpreted) and in other areas such as osteological research. In turn, this ranges from using models as an aid for documentation during primary studies, in a more active role as objects (or datasets) for research in themselves, as dynamic tools for academic dissemination, to augment or challenge experimental projects, and as a tool for citizen science and public outreach in both digital and print forms.


The actual 3D modelling process therefore constitutes a node linked to a wide array of archaeological research questions and methodologies. The methods, objectives, capabilities and outputs of each strand have capacity to complement each other in novel ways, which may be seen as an important development in itself. In this way, the use of 3D models may provide cross-fertilisations that challenge conventional workflows within the study of objects in archaeology. From primary research through to dissemination, they represent a new consideration in the study of objects that many are now taking on board in their project designs. In a rapidly changing field, this issue seeks to take the pulse of where we are presently with the use of 3D models from both theoretical and practical / functional perspectives. Our intention is also to consider future directions in the field of archaeology that utilise 3D models as a resource to augment, enhance or potentially enable the conduct of new research. 


We invite contributions that reflect on the benefits, challenges, and opportunities that 3D modelling can provide and those that consider this as a symptom of a broader digital movement best not treated in isolation. We invite you to ask is this a revolution, a resource or a redundant question?




The authors are kindly invited to submit their contribution via online submission system Editorial Manager available at http://www.editorialmanager.com/opar/

It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript with information that the manuscript is dedicated to Topical Issue on Exploring advances in the use of 3D models of objects in archaeological research. The cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, which are located at http://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s23006560_Instructions_for_Authors.pdf 
All papers will go through the Open Archaeology high standards, quick and comprehensive peer-review procedure. 


We are looking forward to your submission up to 30 03 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Barry Molloy at barry.molloy@ucd.ie or Katarzyna Michalak at Katarzyna.Michalak@degruyteropen.com 


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