Chelsea Gardner got the ball rolling on this digitization project back in 2012, during the second year of her PhD in Classical Archaeology. After hearing about the Fuller artifact and McGregor squeeze collections, she saw in them a unique opportunity for student collaboration. She enlisted help from other graduate students to submit a proposal to the CNERS department to make the collections accessible to the larger academic community as well as the general public. Together with Lisa Tweten, Chelsea obtained and organized the Fuller artifact collection, and met with Lab of Archaeology representatives to discuss alternative storage and database options. While studying at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens during the 2013-2014 academic year, Chelsea contributed to the From Stone to Screen blog with “Squeeze Making in the Athenian Agora”, “The Athens Epigraphical Museum: Where it all began…”, and recruited an expert for the latest research on the ATL’s with “Guest Post by Bram ten Berge: New Research on the Athenian Tribute Lists”. During the 2014-15 academic year, Chelsea was employed through Digital Initiatives to upload all of the squeeze images and metadata to the collections website using Digital Collection Management Software Content DM.
When she returned from Athens in Fall 2014, Chelsea was a collaborating author on both our guest blog post on the Biblical Archaeology Review’s Biblical History Daily and the poster presented at the EAGLE conference in Paris, and co-authored a forthcoming manuscript for Digital Humanities Quarterly. In 2015, Chelsea presented From Stone to Screen posters at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in New Orleans, LA, and the Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeologists in San Francisco, CA. In May, she co-organized a panel with Gwynaeth McIntyre at the Classical Association of Canada’s Annual Meeting, entitled ‘Let’s Get Digital!’, which showcased small-scale DH projects related to Classical Antiquity. She recently acquired a permit to study and photograph some of our Greek inscriptions at the Athens Epigraphical Museum, which you can read about here, and was involved with the discovery and publicity of two Roman papyri found in UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections. Finally, along with Gwynaeth, Lisa, and Kat, Chelsea is currently authoring an article for the manuscript “Making Humanities Matter”, in the series Debates in the Digital Humanities.
As project manager, along with Lisa, Chelsea currently manages student employment and oversees academic output of From Stone to Screen. She is also the volunteer coordinator, the online curator of the Fuller artifact collection, and is involved in several collaborative projects with other academic institutions. In her spare time, she is writing her (completely unrelated to From Stone to Screen) dissertation (The Mani Peninsula in Antiquity: An Archaeological, Historical, and Epigraphic Investigation into Regional Identity) and plays with her two dogs, Rex and Rocky.