The new book 'Capturing the Senses' edited by Giacomo Landeschi and Eleanor Betts is out!

Published 14 June 2023

The exciting new open-access book edited by Giacomo Landeschi and Eleanor Betts surveys how digital technology can contribute effectively to improving our understanding of the past, through a sensory engagement based on the evidence of material culture.

The work explores in a novel way the role of sensoriality in our understanding of the past through combined approaches of digital tools and computational methods. The chapters in Capturing the Senses: Digital Methods for Sensory Archaeologies present innovative methods for representing an embodied experience of ancient space, simulating (but not recreating) ancient behaviours and social interaction. Chapters cover topics including the potentials and pitfalls of visualising, recreating, and re-enacting/experiencing the senses in Virtual Reality environments and also digital reconstructions and auralisations of ancient spaces to study sound sensory perception. Overall, the book demonstrates that multisensory approaches can give a new perspective on how ancient spaces were intended to be used by inhabitants to fulfil a series of purposes including conveying messages and regulating movement.

The book is published in Open Access and can be accessed here.