My name is Ben Price and welcome to my website. I am a middle aged husband and father of an incredibly lively toddler who also happens to specialise in virtual applications in archaeology.
My background in archaeology started in 1996 when I undertook my BSc Archaeology at York University. At the time I remember being very surprised that computers didn’t play as big a role in the lives and work of the archaeologists around me as it did in the wider world. My assessed seminar was a bit of a shambles due to the lack of assistance getting a digital projector and a computer with an internet connection in the same room! (In the end I had to take pictures of webpages and turn them into slides!).
I left the archaeological world (partly through Real Life™ and partly from loss of contacts) and have worked in media, computer games development, retail and IT for the last 16 years. I completed an MSc Archaeological Practice course at the UHI’s Archaeology Institute in 2016 and used my years of varied experience to develop new areas of research.
My masters dissertation centred around finding to what extent 3D scanning and model creation can assist our understanding of Iron Age non-ferrous metal working at The Cairns broch site in South Ronaldsay, Orkney.
Over the past 2 years I have been developing a PhD proposal that focuses on investigating whether the current resurgence of Virtual Reality (VR) hardware can facilitate archaeological research methods, specifically those looking at experiential archaeological theory and if it can help quantify a notoriously ephemeral research area. This work aims to build on the excellent work of Dr Stuart Eve and hopes to see if using a “stereo-visual” delivery method allows a greater depth of immersion while eliminating uncontrollable external variables. I have been awarded a scholarship at the University of Kent and will be beginning this project in October 2017.