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Archaeologist Bernard Frischer

Andy Findley speaks with virtual archaeologist and IU professor of Informatics Bernard Frischer.

Bernard Frischer in open-necked dress shirt with vertical dark blue and white stripes, black suit jacket, glasses

Photo: Adam Schwartz/WFIU

Bernard Frischer

I never considered the arts, technology, and humanities to be in any way antithetical or mutually exclusive. Rather, I thought there was a continuum and one could help the another. 

Bernard Frischer is a leading virtual archaeologist. He was founding director of the UCLA Cultural Virtual Reality Laboratory, one of the first in the world to use 3D computer modeling to reconstruct cultural heritage sites.

Frischer held a postdoctoral fellowship in Roman archaeology at the American in Academy in Rome and taught Classics and Roman Topography at UCLA. He was Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of Virginia, where he was also founding director of the World Heritage Laboratory, a lab that seeks to apply 3D digital tools to simulating cultural heritage artifacts and sites as heuristic instruments of discovery.

He is author of seven books and is founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage.

Since 2013 he has been a Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics at Indiana University, where he continues to direct the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory.

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