Ruth Tringham

Sampling the BACH Area Roof remains

Collecting in situ samples for soil chemistry (Bill Middleton), macrofloral (Christine Hastorf) and phytolith (Arlene Rosen) remains in and around the collapsed roof in 1998. Figure 2.20 of Last House on the Hill, printed edition. Original filename: PCD0184_008.jpg

Conserving the BACH Area Roof remains

Michael Ashley and Frank Matero carving up the roof remains for archive blocks and for subsequent microstratigraphic sampling. Figure 2.19 of Last House on the Hill printed edition. Original Filename: PCD0115_069.jpg

Ruth Tringham: Project Director (PI) and Field Co-Director

I retired from actively teaching in 2011 and am now a Professor of the Graduate School (Anthropology) at the University of California at Berkeley. I am one of the founders, the president and the creative director of the Center for Digital Archaeology (CoDA), a non-profit company, born in April 2011,  dedicated to helping archaeologists and cultural resource and heritage managers capture, preserve, and share digital content. My current research focuses on the life-histories of buildings and the multisensorial construction of place. Much of my  practice of archaeology since the early 1990s incorporates the utilization of digital, especially multimedia, technology in the presentation and archiving of the process of archaeological interpretation. In the printed version of Last House on the Hill, with Michael Ashley, I wrote in Chapter 3 about our use of digital technology in the recording and documenting our research and life in the BACH Area. By now I am recognized internationally as one of the leaders of digital education, media literacy, and digital publishing in archaeology. This interest in multimedia grows out of a lifelong passion for music, puppets and cultivating illusions of reality. If I had all the time in the world,(which perhaps I do)I would spend most of it creating the afterlives of the archaeological projects (called legacy propjects) on which I have worked. You can read more about these and me on my personal web site. With Mirjana Stevanovic, I co-edited the printed edition of Last House on the Hill, and wrote most of the first two chapters introducing the methodology and rationale of our research (Chapters 1 and 2). In the last section on the afterlives of the BACH Project, I contributed a chapter on archaeology's Public  Face at Çatalhöyük (Chapter 25) and Sensing the Place (Chapter 26).

The Life History of Building 3