At the Dig@Lab there is a core group of faculty and graduate students who work on projects and teach courses that introduce undergraduates to the research fields and methods practiced in the lab. The lab also contains affiliated faculty and staff who work on projects or support technical aspects of these projects.


Maurizio Forte
William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies Art, Art History, and Visual Studies
My scientific activity has been particularly focused from the beginning on a strong multidisciplinary approach to the development of virtual heritage and digital archaeology. During my degree, MA, PhD and Specialization in Archaeology I have always integrated traditional courses in Ancient Art History, Etruscology, Roman and Greek Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, Papirology, Egyptology, Pre-Colombian Archaeology, and Ancient Topography with more experimental activities in computing labs and... Learn More

Core Member

Nevio Danelon
Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Nevio Danelon, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University where he researches and experiments with the use of digital technologies applied to cultural heritage visualization and archaeological investigation. Nevio began his scholarly inquiry in history during his MA in Ancient History at the University of Pisa, Italy and then he received his Ph.D. in Oriental Studies defending a doctoral dissertation in Egyptian archaeology.... Learn More


Katherine McCusker
Ph.D. Student – Art, Art History & Visual Studies Department
Katherine McCusker, graduating from Dickinson College in 2013 with a B.A. in Archaeology, started the Art History PhD program in the fall of 2015 under the advisory of Maurizio Forte. Katie’s fieldwork has focused on excavations in the Mediterranean, including Mycenae (Greece), Vulci (Italy), and Catalhoyuk (Turkey). Her dissertation research will address using 3D modeling and visualization to compare changes in architecture in Vulci, Italy and how this can be used to offer a more approachable... Learn More
IT Analyst, Trinity Technology Services
Brian Norberg is the Digital Humanities Technology Analyst in Trinity Technology Services, the Information Technology (IT) support unit for Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke, In this role, Brian collaborates with Trinity College faculty to incorporate technology into research and teaching projects. He works closely with members of the Dig@Lab, helping them identify resources and implement technologies for web mapping and storing and sharing geospatial data.
Technology Specialist
David J. Zielinski is currently a technology specialist for the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies (2018-present). Previously a member of the DiVE Virtual Reality Lab (2004-2018), under the direction of Regis Kopper (2013-2018), Ryan P. McMahan (2012), and Rachael Brady (2004-2012). He received his bachelors (2002) and masters (2004) degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he worked on a suite of virtual reality musical instruments... Learn More

Past Member

Nicola Lercari
Assistant Professor of World Heritage
Nicola Lercari, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of World Heritage in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts at the University of California Merced where he investigates digital preservation of heritage, cross-media systems for museums, and the analytical and interpretative role of the visualization of the past. Nicola received his Ph.D. in History and Computing from the University of Bologna, Italy with a dissertation on the visualization of medieval urban spaces. Nicola has... Learn More