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Dr Paul Reilly 

Visiting Fellow

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Dr Paul Reilly is a Visiting Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Southampton.

Currently, Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Archaeological Computing Research Group at the University of Southampton, where I focus on two main areas of research: ontological transformations of archaeology in the digital, especially due to the developing alignments between virtual and physical words; exploring the significance of craft skills in field archaeology, which involves extensive cross-disciplinary collaboration with fine artists.I am a pioneer of data visualisation and virtual heritage. My involvement in archaeological computing began in 1982 while working on my PhD in which I developed and applied proto-GIS technology to the analysis of the archaeological landscape of the Isle of Man. My fascination with the potential and pitfalls of digital technologies to model, explore, present, translate, transform and re-present archaeological data and interpretation has expanded ever since. Now my peer-reviewed research output investigates the implications of additive manufacturing and their affordances for contemporary archaeology (see ORCID account: Previously a past chairman, I am now now life member of CAA (Computer Applications in Archaeology). Iam also Chairman of the CAA International Scientific Committee, a member of Virtual Heritage Network Ireland, CAA-Greece, and the editorial board of Virtual Archaeology ( and Open Archaeology.

Research interests

My current research interest lies in the relationships between archaeology in the field and the digital embodiments of archaeological knowledge. In particular, I wish to investigate how and where these digital embodiments are created, manipulated, transformed, presented, and interpreted, and to explore the philosophical and social impacts of information technology on archaeology and related disciplines.

Research group

Archaeological Computing

Not teaching in 2013-14

Dr Paul Reilly
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton
Avenue Campus, Highfield
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom
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