Archeology and Landscape in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia

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Archeology and Landscape
The Altai Mountains of Mongolia
Dr. Esther Jacobson-Tepfer
Professor of Art History
Art History
University of Oregon InfoGraphics Lab

Archeology and Landscape - Challenge

In collaboration with Dr. Esther Jacobson-Tepfer, Maude I. Kern Emeritus Professor of Art History, UO Digital Library Services, and the UO Infographics Lab, Interactive Media was asked to design and develop a website to present Dr. Jacobson’s extensive research of surface archaeology in the Altai Mountains of Russian and Mongolia.

Archeology and Landscape - Background

After eighteen field seasons documenting cultural monuments and landscapes in the Altai Mountains, Dr Esther Jacobson-Tepfer and James Meacham, Director, InfoGraphics Lab, received an NEH grant to archive and present their work online. The materials to be supported by an online image repository and interactive website and map ranged from digital images, static and dynamic maps, and in-depth textual analysis detailing how these archaeological monuments reflected the movement and lives of ancient hunters and herders.

Archeology and Landscape - Solution

The visual nature of Dr. Jacobson-Tepfer’s research gave Interactive Media ample material to integrate into a strong design. Photographs from her collection were featured in the site headers and interactive slideshows were created to support Dr Jacobson’Tepfer’s analysis of the archaeology. Links were also added to an online image gallery and interactive map which allows users to investigate individual monuments and see their general location with the Altai range.