CNS-NRT fellow Kelly McClinton (Complex Systems, Virtual Heritage, Art History) has recently won several awards for her research, which endeavors to apply Complex Systems theory and methods to questions within Classical Art and Archaeology:
- International Enhancement Award from the IU Office of the Vice President for International Affairs
- Edward A. Schrader Endowment Fund Award for Outstanding Fieldwork in Classical Archaeology
- Informatics Department Inter-Track Collaboration Award
Her research is directed by CNS Professor Luis Rocha, VWHL Lab Director Professor Bernard Frischer (Virtual Heritage), and Professor Julie Van Voorhis (Art History), and aims to consider Pompeii as a complex system. Her primary research goal is to increase our understanding of Roman domestic space by modeling the distribution of art, architecture, and archaeological material throughout the city.
This summer, Kelly’s primary goal was to finish digitizing the House of Marcus Lucretius, along with several other Roman houses: The House of the Tragic Poet and the House of the Faun. This involved gaining access to the Pompeii Deposito, as well as the Naples Archaeological Museum. Her second goal was to collect photographic data of the extant wall painting in Pompeii. She also worked as a visiting scholar in the archives at the American Academy in Rome to scan volumes that document the material from Pompeii.
In addition to digitization and archival work, Kelly was also invited to present her research at at the Digital Humanities for Academic and Curatorial Practice Conference and research of the VWHL at the 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology. Many organizations at Indiana University helped enable this research, including the National Science Foundation, the Eskenazi Museum of Art, the Edward A. Schrader Endowment Fund Award for Outstanding Fieldwork in Classical Archaeology, the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs, and the Virtual World Heritage Lab.
Kelly’s McClinton’s research was made possible by the continued support of the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, the Virtual World Heritage Lab, and the Informatics Department at Indiana University.