Research Assistant Professor of Ancient Studies
Sebastian Heath has an A.B. from Brown University in Medieval Studies and received his Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. His research interests include Roman pottery, numismatics and the role of Digital Humanities in the study of the Ancient World. The focus of his work at ISAW is the role of technology in scholarly communication and publication. He has participated in excavation and survey in Cyprus, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Current field work includes publication of Roman pottery from the Lower City at Troy in Turkey. Much of his work appears in digital form. He is co-editor with Billur Tekkök of the digital publication Greek, Roman and Byzantine Pottery at Ilion (Troia), is an editor of The Pylos Regional Archaeological Project: Internet Edition, and a founding editor of Nomisma.org. Along with Jennifer Chi, he is co-editor of the exhibition catalog Edge of Empires: Pagans, Jews and Christians at Roman Dura-Europos. Other recent articles and chapters include "Legal Threats to Cultural Exchange of Archaeological Materials" (online) in the American Journal of Archaeology (2009) and "Diversity and Reuse of Digital Resources for Ancient Mediterranean Material Culture" (online) in the volume Digital Research in the Study of Classical Antiquity, Bodard and Mahony, eds. (2010). He is Project Manager of the NEH-Funded "Linked Ancient World Data Institute" (LAWDI). A report on LAWDI has recently appeared in Information Standards Quarterly. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Heath served as Vice-President for Professional Responsibilities of the Archaeological Institute of America. He came to ISAW from the American Numismatic Society, where he remains a Research Scientist and Fellow.
Here is an interview he did with Elton Barker as part of the Classics Confidential series.
Switching to a personal voice... I am also interested in the application of 3d-modeling to the practice of archaeology and to the study of ancient material culture. I have recently been experimenting with the software application Agisoft Photoscan, which makes image-based reconstruction possible with desktop machines. Here is a screen capture of a model of a Hellenistic/Roman sculpture in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Acc. no. 09.39). This was made from 28 pictures I took informally with a smart phone, not as part of any official project.
You can download a PDF of this model, but please note that you need to open it in a PDF reader from Adobe; it will not work in the standard 'Preview' app on Mac OS X.
It is important to make such models pervasive on all current computing devices. Here is a screen capture of the same model, without texture, on an iPhone using the opensource software Meshlab. Two YouTube vides (link, link) show this app in action.
Here is a model of a Late Archaic/Early Classical head in the Met (19.192.11) as displayed by p3d.in.
Accepted for 2011. B. Tekkök, J. Wallrodt, S. Heath, “Post-Bronze Age Ceramic Data at Ilion, from In-Field Use to Digital Publication,” Studia Troica 19.
Submitted for 2011. “Hellenistic and Roman Pottery on the Internet: Diversity and Potential.” in B. Tekkök, ed. Proceedings of the conference 'Başkent Universitesi, Helenistik ve Roma Seramik Çalışmaları Sempozyumu I, 11-14 Haziran 2009, Kaunos.
2010. “Digitization and Reuse of Ancient Mediterranean Material Culture”, in S. Mahony and G. Bodard (eds.) Digital Research in the Study of Classical Antiquity, Ashgate, pp. 35-52.
2009. with G. Schwartz. “Legal Threats to Cultural Exchange of Archaeological Materials,” American Journal of Archaeology 113.3 (July 2009), pp. 459-461.
2009-. with D. Mannsperger, C.B. Rose, and J. Wallrodt. Coins from Ilion (Troia). http://classics.uc.edu/troy/coins/ .
2007. “Acquisitions for 2005 in the American Numismatic Society collection,” American Journal of Numismatics 19 (Second Series), pp. 183-190. With the curatorial staff of the Society.
2006-2010. with Billur Tekkök. Greek, Roman and Byzantine Pottery at Ilion (Troia). http://classics.uc.edu/troy/grbpottery.
2006. “A Box Mirror Made from Two Antinous Medallions of Smyrna,” American Journal of Numismatics 18 (Second Series), pp. 63-74.
2006. “Acquisitions for 2005 in the American Numismatic Society collection,” American Journal of Numismatics 18 (Second Series), pp. 153-202. With the curatorial staff of the Society.
2005. Susan E. Alcock et al., “The Pylos Regional Archaeological Project, Part VII: Historic Messenia. Geometric to Late Roman,” in Hesperia 74.2, pp. 147-209.
2004/5. “Acquisitions for 2003 and 2004 in the American Numismatic Society collection,” American Journal of Numismatics 16/17 (Second Series), pp. 269-303. With the curatorial staff of the Society.
2002. “Acquisitions for 2002 in the American Numismatic Society collection," American Journal of Numismatics 14 (Second Series), pp. 179-222. With the curatorial staff of the society.
2002. The British Museum Lot of Silver from the Taranto 1911 Hoard (Inventory of Greek Coins Hoards , no. 1874) . New York. Electronic publication available at http://numismatics.org/html/dpubs/taranto1911/. With John Kroll.
2001. "A sixth-century tremissis from Psalmodi (Gard, France)," American Journal of Numismatics 13 (Second Series): 63-80. With David Yoon.
2001. “Acquisitions for 2000 and 2001 in the American Numismatic Society collection," American Journal of Numismatics 13 (Second Series), pp. 151-212. With the curatorial staff of the society.
2001. “A cemetery and mausoleum on the W edge of Leptiminus: salvage excavations and recording, 1992 (Site 177),” with David Mattingly in L. Stirling, D. Mattingly, and N. Ben Lazrig (eds.) Leptiminus (Lamta). Report No. 2. The East Baths, Cemeteries, Kilns, Venus Mosaic, Site Museum, And Other Studies, pp. 397-408.
1998. “Mapping and Databases” in Jack Davis (ed.), Sandy Pylos: From Nestor to the Battle of Navarino, University of Texas Press, pp. 298-301.
1997. Jack Davis et al., “The Pylos Archaeological Project, Part I: Overview and the Archaeological Survey,” in Hesperia 66.3, pp. 391-494. Contributed the section “Data Mapping,” pp. 411-414.
1992. Gregory Crane et al. The Perseus Project 1.0. Yale University Press.
1990. "Hypertext from the Data Point of View: Paths and Links in the Perseus Project" in Hypertexts: Concepts, systems, and applications, A. Rizk, N. Streitz and J. Andre (eds). Cambridge University Press, pp. 324-336. With Elli Mylonas.