In addition to the keynote speakers and contributors to the conference sessions, CAA 2015, with its title of ‘KEEP THE REVOLUTION GOING’, will bring to Siena as a Special Guest Professor Dominic Powlesland. In the light of his wide experience and exceptional contributions in the fields of landscape and digital archaeology, the organizers have asked Professor Powlesland to attend as many sessions as he can, to listen to the presentations, to take part in the discussions and finally to present a Closing Address at the end of the conference, providing his critical assessment of the potentialities, weaknesses and possible enhancement of present-day trends within the field of digital applications in archaeology.
Bio – Dominic Powlesland holds honorary or visiting chairs in archaeology, medieval studies, applied science and remote sensing, he has been deeply committed to archaeology ever since he joined a local excavation in Colchester at the age of 11. As Director of the Landscape Research Centre, he has run an extended programme of survey and excavation in the Vale of Pickering at West Heslerton for more than 35 years. This programme has revolutionised the understanding of prehistoric to early medieval period settlement patterns and is widely regarded as one of the most important landscape archaeology projects in Europe. He was amongst the first to embrace digital approaches to field recording and data-management and is recognised as a pioneer in archaeological computing, GIS, remote sensing and landscape research. Current research, developed during a session as Field Archaeologist in Residence at the McDonald Institute in Cambridge, includes the application of 3D Imaging or 3Di applied to excavation recording and presentation. He has collaborated widely and has been instrumental in promoting the intelligent application of digital technologies for use by young researchers and field archaeologists alike.