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Professor Graeme Earl 

Professor, Director of Enterprise and Impact (Humanities)

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I am a Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Southampton.

I have a particular interest in the connections between cultural heritage, computer science and engineering. I have a passion for developing interdisciplinary research partnerships and supporting educational innovation. In recent years these have included the Portus Massive Open Online Course, the PortusLimen European Research Council project, work on Reflectance Transformation Imaging funded by the AHRC and work on human computer interaction and research narratives funded by the RCUK Digital Economy programme.

I am a reviewer for a range of conferences, journals and research councils, and a member of the Archaeology Data Service management board. At Southampton I am deputy director of the Web Science Institute, Director of sotonDH and a member of the WUN steering group.

You can learn more about my interests at my page.

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Research interests

I am focused on inter- and multi-disciplinary research methods and their impact on academic practice. These are loosely structured around University-wide interests in interdisciplinary digital practice (within the DE USRG), at a more local level in the digital humanities (within sotonDH) and cultural heritage computing, and within the department of archaeology on archaeological computing (with ACRG). These three areas interact and I enjoy working across disciplines and indeed institutions.

You can learn more about my research at my Digital Economy page.

Research project(s)


The Portus Project is guided by two main objectives.  Firstly, it seeks to build a better understanding of Portus itself, as well as its relationship to Ostia, Rome, and the rest of the Mediterranean.  Secondly, it aims to develop techniques that will enhance the ways in which highly complex classical sites can be investigated and recorded, and evaluate the impact of those techniques.

Promoting digital solutions to rock and cave art research

This 18 month project (2014-2015), funded by a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, aims to advance rock art research through the application of state-of-the-art imaging technologies.

Parnassus Project

PARNASSUS is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of Southampton, UCL and the University of Bristol that is investigating the adverse environmental effects and adaptation measures needed for the protection of cultural heritage from climate change impact.

PATINA Project

The PATINA project explores Personal Architectonics Through Interactions with Artifacts.  It is  a 3 year project funded through the EPSRC and the AHRC through the RCUK Digital Economy Initiative.  This project involves partnership from Microsoft Research, Nokia Research and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising PhDs on the following topics:

  • Digital simulation of domestic occupation in the Greek Neolithic
  • Cuneiform and the Semantic Web
  • Physically accurate rendering and Roman polychromy
  • Archaeological fieldwork, hierarchies and disruptive technologies
  • Visitor route design, pathways and digital mobile guides
  • Visualising the Port of Pozzuoli
  • Mobile tools for visitor education
  • Survey methods and the simulation of Winchester Cathedral

I am also a supervisor in the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre and advise a range of students here and in other areas.

Professor Graeme Earl
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom
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