About the Dig@Lab

The name Dig@Lab recalls the main goal of this research unit, which is “digging for information”, looking for new interpretations at the intersection of archaeology, cybernetics, heritage, computer science, neuroscience, cognitive science, art and history. More specifically, we are interested in investigating how the information is shaped, elaborated, stored and then culturally transmitted by different societies, with a focus on ancient civilizations. We like to say that the past cannot be “reconstructed” but “simulated”, then performed by digital simulations. The Dig@Lab has its home at the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies but it collaborates with several different departments at Duke such as Classical Studies, Nicholas School, Computer Science and Institute for Brain Science.

Featured Project

Collage of images 3D Digging Project
The project 3d-Digging at Çatalhöyük started in 2009-10 as on site digital experiment with the scope to digitally record in 3 dimension every phase of excavation in different areas of the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, Turkey, using different technologies such as laser scanning and image-based modeling. The final goal of the project is to make the excavation process virtually reversible in a simulation environment at different levels, from tablet and laptop computers to immersive visualization... Learn More



Maurizio Forte
William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies Art, Art History, and Visual Studies

Core Member

Nevio Danelon
Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies