Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies. L’intervento di Maurizio Forte:  Digital Cities, NeuroArchaeology and Cyberarchaeology

CHNT Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies

The World’s Heritage in the Digital Age
New Technologies towards sustainable research, conservation and communication

After 25 years of successful management of the CHNT by Stadtarchäologie Vienna, the organization of the conference is under new management. From 2021 onwards, the conference on cultural heritage and new technologies will be organized by the CITY of Vienna (Department 7 – Cultural Affairs) and CHNT-ICOMOS Austria a sister association of the Austrian National Committee of ICOMOS.

To kick things off, the 26th CHNT will be held under the motto The World’s Heritage in the Digital Age – New Technologies towards Sustainable Research, Conservation and Communication.

All cultural heritage is part of the World’s Heritage. The World Heritage Convention provides a clear framework for the conservation of sites on the World Heritage List. In this way many innovations are developed in particular for the research, conservation and communication of those sites. Still there are many challenging tasks that can be met with innovative technologies and new interdisciplinary methods.

The conference aims to bring together international scientists from all over the world who are involved in research, conservation and management of the world’s cultural heritage. Innovative measuring, data management and processing tools are requested as well as the methods and approaches for the research, management and monitoring of sites and objects.

After a year of challenges due to the global COVID 19 pandemic, this conference aims to provide innovative ideas for the sustainable preservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

We look forward to your contributions and participation in the 26th CHNT from November 2-4 in person at the Vienna City Hall or online via our conference portal HOPIN.

Maurizio Forte  Digital Cities, NeuroArchaeology and Cyberarchaeology


This presentation will discuss multidisciplinary methods of investigation on ancient cities in relation to a cyberarchaeological approach. The combination of different “sensing” technologies, photogrammetry and 3D modeling, with virtual and mixed realities shows new digital hermeneutics and cultural models.These hypercities, like living organisms, exist by virtue of their diachrony and continuous development, segmentation, cognitive and symbolic representation, memetic processes and beyond. In other terms, the city is always ancient, because the only way to describe it (holistically) is to go back, to observe the dynamic narrative of its “being”.So, what does it mean to look at a city? Experiencing ancient cities like artefacts is a very challenging subject which involves brain processes including three different but intertwined levels: a perceptual, a cognitive, and an emotional experience. The multimodal inspection of a city model stimulated the activation of a performative level of sensorimotor experience through the triggering of embodied simulation in the brains and bodies of the beholders.