Being Human Festival: interactive events exploring ‘Artificial Intelligence and Roman Pottery’ (University of Leicester/Leicester Museum and Art Gallery)

The Being Human Festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, is taking place 11–20 November 2021 in venues throughout the country, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.

As part of this festival our own Arch-I-Scan Project is holding two free, public events at the University of Leicester and at the Leicester Museum & Art Gallery, on November 19th and 20th respectively. The events will explore ‘Artificial Intelligence and Roman Pottery’ through a hands-on activity which is suitable for children and adults alike. During this event, attendees will work with the Arch-I-Scan Project research team to experience how cutting-edge technology can be used to shed new light on eating and drinking in the Roman world. Participants will be supervised by project members in using their own mobile phones to record Roman pottery fragments, and will learn about how Arch-I-Scan is using artificial intelligence to identify Roman pots and sherds.

We will be offering these interactive events over two days and locations. To find out more about the events and to book a place in advance, please follow the links below:

  • Friday 19 November, University of Leicester

  • Saturday 20 November, Leicester Museum and Art Gallery

If you have any questions about these Arch-I-Scan events or our involvement with the Being Human festival, please feel free to get in touch with Victoria Szafara at [email protected].