Martina Polig | Interview

Martina Polig

Ph.D. Candidate / Graduate Research Assistant

Can you tell us few words about your academic background?

I received a BA in Archaeology at the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice (Italy) and a MA from Lund University (Sweden), where I specialised in the application of new technologies to archaeology. During my masters I took particular interest in the use of 3D applications for cultural heritage studies that goes beyond documentation. I continued to work in the same direction within a brief research project on 3D GIS that I carried out at Lund University funded by a grant received by the C.M. Lerici Foundation and finally also at STARC in the Cyprus Institute.

What about your research at the Cyprus Institute and STARC?

I began my work here in 2017 as a research assistant and since February 2018 I am enrolled in a dual PhD program between the Cyprus Institute and Ghent University while also continuing the work as a research assistant. Within my PhD topic I am researching the application of 3D for the analysis of Cypriot-minoan writing, an undeciphered Bronze Age writing system from Cyprus.

Do you think the advanced technological and scientific framework of CyI and STARC has enriched your research?

Since I started working at STARC I had the opportunity to widen the range of my case studies I work with and to expand my knowledge of 3D acquisition equipment and various software. While previously I worked mostly with 3D GIS, my research has moved towards the use of high resolution 3D scans for the study of objects.