Biblical Archaeology and the Digital Age

Speaker: Categories: Mar 08, 2014


This lecture has only one CD/MP3]

[1hr, 4min, 58sec]

We’re sorry!  We want to let you know that this recording had to be recovered professionally and that near the beginning there are about 3 minutes with considerable background noise and then 4 minutes of very poor sound (during the playing of a digital video) but the remainder, including the Q & A, is OK.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your kind understanding.                      

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Digital Cultural Heritage, Virtual Archaeology, Cyber-Archaeology…these are just a few of the current “buzz-words” that describe an emerging discipline, or better yet, a trans-disciplinary science that blends many disciplines to achieve one common goal: investigate, preserve, and disseminate our past.  Since 2011, Mr. Vincent has been studying and working at the Center for Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology at the Qualcomm Institute, at the University of California, San Diego branch of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. This center has been developing new methodologies for documenting and visualizing archaeological contexts, as well as partnering with many other departments to create a holistic, multidisciplinary approach for archaeology today.  Matt will describe a few of these new methods, tools and approaches to archaeology and how they can help Biblical Archaeology be a more objective discipline in today’s digital age.


Matthew L. Vincent is originally from the Pacific Northwest and earned his BA in Theology and Biblical Languages at Walla Walla University.  While at WWU Matthew spent considerable time volunteering in the pottery lab where his love for archaeology grew with each pottery piece he reconstructed.  In 2004, he went on his first excavation to Tall al-‘Umayri, thinking that it would be a once-off adventure.  Ten years later, he is still digging in Jordan, not having missed a single season at ‘Umayri since his first.  Following graduation from Walla Walla, Matthew worked as a youth pastor in England for three years before returning to the US to continue his education.  He is currently attending the University of California, San Diego where he is a PhD student in Anthropological Archaeology, focusing in “Cyberarchaeology,” the use of technology to improve archaeology.  As Matthew continues his studies, he is passionate about finding new ways to employ technology to aid archaeology, whether it is using new tools or developing new methods.

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