Dr Rachel Opitz

  • Senior Lecturer in Spatial Archaeometry (Archaeology)

Research interests

  • Archaeological Remote Sensing
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Mediterranean Archaeology
  • Iron Age and Roman Italy
  • Digital methods and publication
  • 3D modeling, analysis and interfaces
  • Interdisciplinary Data Integration
  • Archaeology and Precision Agriculture

Key Field and Research Projects

Completed Projects:

Network

Publications

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Number of items: 29.

2022

Fisher, C. et al. (2022) Creating an Earth archive. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(11), e211548511. (doi: 10.1073/pnas.2115485119) (PMID:35263218) (PMCID:PMC8931251)

Opitz, R. , Richards-Rissetto, H., Dalziel, K., Dussault, J. and Tunink, G. (2022) Exploring 3D data reuse and repurposing through procedural modeling. In: Garstki, K. (ed.) Critical Archaeology in the Digital Age: Proceedings of the 12th IEMA Visiting Scholar Conference. UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, pp. 123-139. ISBN 9781950446261

Samuels, J. T. et al. (2022) Reimagining urban success: rhythms of activity at Gabii, 800 BC–AD 600. Antiquity, 96(385), pp. 103-122. (doi: 10.15184/aqy.2021.154)

2021

Smith, N., Beale, G. and Opitz, R. (2021) The inhabited frame: Examining the archaeological image in the era of interactive media. In: Dawson, I., Jones, A. M., Minkin, L. and Reilly, P. (eds.) Diffracting Digital Images: Archaeology, Art Practice and Cultural Heritage. Routledge, pp. 120-142. ISBN 9780367486556 (doi: 10.4324/9781003042129-8)

Opitz, R. et al. (2021) A Lockpick's guide to dataARC: Designing infrastructures and building communities to enable transdisciplinary research. Internet Archaeology, 56, (doi: 10.11141/ia.56.15)

Banducci, L.M., Gallone, A. and Opitz, R. (2021) Methodology: Overview. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Banducci, L.M. and Opitz, R. (2021) Intramural burial in the region of Rome’s suburbium. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Gallone, A., Banducci, L.M., Melisch, C.M., Zapelloni Pavia, A., Peresso, G. and Opitz, R. (2021) Stratigraphic analysis. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Johnson, T. D. and Opitz, R. (2021) Data presentation in this volume: Digital design choices - 3D interface changes and challenges for intergrating across volumes. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Opitz, R. (2021) Data presentation in this volume: Limitations imposed by the record. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Opitz, R. (2021) Sampling and sampling experiments for Area A and late Area B materials. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Dolcetti, F., Boardman, C., Opitz, R. and Perry, S. (2021) Values-led design cards: building ethically engaged archaeology and heritage experiences. Sustainability, 13(7), 3659. (doi: 10.3390/su13073659)

Samuels, J. T. et al. (2021) A changing cityscape in Central Italy: The Gabii Project Excavations, 2012–2018. Journal of Field Archaeology, 46(3), pp. 132-152. (doi: 10.1080/00934690.2021.1877958)

2020

Nuninger, L., Verhagen, P., Libourel, T., Opitz, R. , Rodier, X., Laplaige, C., Fruchart, C., Leturcq, S. and Levoguer, N. (2020) Linking theories, past practices, and archaeological remains of movement through ontological reasoning. Information, 11(6), 338. (doi: 10.3390/info11060338)

Nuninger, L., Opitz, R. , Verhagen, P., Libourel, T., Laplaige, C., Leturcq, S., Le Voguer, N., Fruchart, C., Kokalj, Z. and Rodier, X. (2020) Developing FAIR ontological pathways: linking evidence of movement in lidar to models of human behaviour. Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology, 3(1), pp. 63-75. (doi: 10.5334/jcaa.46)

2019

Carter, N., Santini, L., Barnes, A., Opitz, R. , White, D., Safi, K., Davenport, B., Brown, C. and Witschey, W. (2019) Country roads: travel, visibility, and late classic settlement in the southern Maya Mountains. Journal of Field Archaeology, 44(2), pp. 84-108. (doi: 10.1080/00934690.2019.1571373)

2018

Johnston, A. C., Mogetta, M., Banducci, L., Opitz, R. , Gallone, A., Farr, J., Cicci, E. C. and Terrenato, N. (2018) A monumental mid-Republican building complex at Gabii. Papers of the British School at Rome, 86, pp. 1-35. (doi: 10.1017/S0068246217000423)

Banducci, L. M., Opitz, R. and Mogetta, M. (2018) Measuring usewear on black gloss pottery from Rome through 3D surface analysis. Internet Archaeology, 50, (doi: 10.11141/ia.50.12)

Opitz, R. and Herrmann, J. (2018) Recent trends and long-standing problems in archaeological remote sensing. Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology, 1(1), pp. 19-41. (doi: 10.5334/jcaa.11)

Opitz, R. (2018) Publishing archaeological excavations at the digital turn. Journal of Field Archaeology, 43(sup1), S68-S82. (doi: 10.1080/00934690.2018.1505409)

2017

Opitz, R. (2017) An experiment in using visual attention metrics to think about experience and design choices in past places. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 24(4), pp. 1203-1226. (doi: 10.1007/s10816-016-9310-2)

Marwick, B. et al. (2017) Open science in archaeology. SAA Archaeological Record, 17(4), pp. 8-14.

Opitz, R. , Mogetta, M. and Terrenato, N. (2017) The Gabii Project: Excavations at the ancient Latin city of Gabii, a neighboring and rival city-state to Rome in the 1st Millennium BCE. [Website]

Opitz, R. (2017) Airborne laserscanning in archaeology: maturing methods and democratizing applications. In: Forte, M. and Campana, S. (eds.) Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology. Series: Quantitative methods in the humanities and social sciences. Springer: Cham, Switzerland, pp. 35-50. ISBN 9783319406565 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-40658-9_2)

2016

Opitz, R. S. and Johnson, T. D. (2016) Interpretation at the controller's edge: designing graphical user interfaces for the digital publication of the excavations at Gabii (Italy). Open Archaeology, 1, pp. 274-290. (doi: 10.1515/opar-2015-0017)

Opitz, R. , Mogetta, M. and Terrenato, N. (Eds.) (2016) A Mid-Republican House From Gabii. Series: Gabii Project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999002

2015

Opitz, R. and Limp, F. (2015) Recent developments in high-density survey and measurement (HDSM) for archaeology: implications for practice and theory. Annual Review of Anthropology, 44, pp. 347-364. (doi: 10.1146/annurev-anthro-102214-013845)

Opitz, R. (2015) Three dimensional field recording in archaeology: An example from Gabii. In: Olsen, B. R. and Caraher, W. R. (eds.) Visions of Substance: 3D Imaging in Mediterranean Archaeology. The Digital Press @ University of North Dakota Digital Press: Grand Forks, ND, pp. 73-87. ISBN 9780692368398

Opitz, R. S. , Ryzewski, K., Cherry, J. F. and Malone, B. (2015) Using airborne LiDAR Survey to explore historic-era archaeological landscapes of Montserrat in the eastern Caribbean. Journal of Field Archaeology, 40(5), pp. 523-541. (doi: 10.1179/2042458215Y.0000000016)

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Articles

Fisher, C. et al. (2022) Creating an Earth archive. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(11), e211548511. (doi: 10.1073/pnas.2115485119) (PMID:35263218) (PMCID:PMC8931251)

Samuels, J. T. et al. (2022) Reimagining urban success: rhythms of activity at Gabii, 800 BC–AD 600. Antiquity, 96(385), pp. 103-122. (doi: 10.15184/aqy.2021.154)

Opitz, R. et al. (2021) A Lockpick's guide to dataARC: Designing infrastructures and building communities to enable transdisciplinary research. Internet Archaeology, 56, (doi: 10.11141/ia.56.15)

Dolcetti, F., Boardman, C., Opitz, R. and Perry, S. (2021) Values-led design cards: building ethically engaged archaeology and heritage experiences. Sustainability, 13(7), 3659. (doi: 10.3390/su13073659)

Samuels, J. T. et al. (2021) A changing cityscape in Central Italy: The Gabii Project Excavations, 2012–2018. Journal of Field Archaeology, 46(3), pp. 132-152. (doi: 10.1080/00934690.2021.1877958)

Nuninger, L., Verhagen, P., Libourel, T., Opitz, R. , Rodier, X., Laplaige, C., Fruchart, C., Leturcq, S. and Levoguer, N. (2020) Linking theories, past practices, and archaeological remains of movement through ontological reasoning. Information, 11(6), 338. (doi: 10.3390/info11060338)

Nuninger, L., Opitz, R. , Verhagen, P., Libourel, T., Laplaige, C., Leturcq, S., Le Voguer, N., Fruchart, C., Kokalj, Z. and Rodier, X. (2020) Developing FAIR ontological pathways: linking evidence of movement in lidar to models of human behaviour. Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology, 3(1), pp. 63-75. (doi: 10.5334/jcaa.46)

Carter, N., Santini, L., Barnes, A., Opitz, R. , White, D., Safi, K., Davenport, B., Brown, C. and Witschey, W. (2019) Country roads: travel, visibility, and late classic settlement in the southern Maya Mountains. Journal of Field Archaeology, 44(2), pp. 84-108. (doi: 10.1080/00934690.2019.1571373)

Johnston, A. C., Mogetta, M., Banducci, L., Opitz, R. , Gallone, A., Farr, J., Cicci, E. C. and Terrenato, N. (2018) A monumental mid-Republican building complex at Gabii. Papers of the British School at Rome, 86, pp. 1-35. (doi: 10.1017/S0068246217000423)

Banducci, L. M., Opitz, R. and Mogetta, M. (2018) Measuring usewear on black gloss pottery from Rome through 3D surface analysis. Internet Archaeology, 50, (doi: 10.11141/ia.50.12)

Opitz, R. and Herrmann, J. (2018) Recent trends and long-standing problems in archaeological remote sensing. Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology, 1(1), pp. 19-41. (doi: 10.5334/jcaa.11)

Opitz, R. (2018) Publishing archaeological excavations at the digital turn. Journal of Field Archaeology, 43(sup1), S68-S82. (doi: 10.1080/00934690.2018.1505409)

Opitz, R. (2017) An experiment in using visual attention metrics to think about experience and design choices in past places. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, 24(4), pp. 1203-1226. (doi: 10.1007/s10816-016-9310-2)

Marwick, B. et al. (2017) Open science in archaeology. SAA Archaeological Record, 17(4), pp. 8-14.

Opitz, R. S. and Johnson, T. D. (2016) Interpretation at the controller's edge: designing graphical user interfaces for the digital publication of the excavations at Gabii (Italy). Open Archaeology, 1, pp. 274-290. (doi: 10.1515/opar-2015-0017)

Opitz, R. and Limp, F. (2015) Recent developments in high-density survey and measurement (HDSM) for archaeology: implications for practice and theory. Annual Review of Anthropology, 44, pp. 347-364. (doi: 10.1146/annurev-anthro-102214-013845)

Opitz, R. S. , Ryzewski, K., Cherry, J. F. and Malone, B. (2015) Using airborne LiDAR Survey to explore historic-era archaeological landscapes of Montserrat in the eastern Caribbean. Journal of Field Archaeology, 40(5), pp. 523-541. (doi: 10.1179/2042458215Y.0000000016)

Book Sections

Opitz, R. , Richards-Rissetto, H., Dalziel, K., Dussault, J. and Tunink, G. (2022) Exploring 3D data reuse and repurposing through procedural modeling. In: Garstki, K. (ed.) Critical Archaeology in the Digital Age: Proceedings of the 12th IEMA Visiting Scholar Conference. UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, pp. 123-139. ISBN 9781950446261

Smith, N., Beale, G. and Opitz, R. (2021) The inhabited frame: Examining the archaeological image in the era of interactive media. In: Dawson, I., Jones, A. M., Minkin, L. and Reilly, P. (eds.) Diffracting Digital Images: Archaeology, Art Practice and Cultural Heritage. Routledge, pp. 120-142. ISBN 9780367486556 (doi: 10.4324/9781003042129-8)

Banducci, L.M., Gallone, A. and Opitz, R. (2021) Methodology: Overview. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Banducci, L.M. and Opitz, R. (2021) Intramural burial in the region of Rome’s suburbium. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Gallone, A., Banducci, L.M., Melisch, C.M., Zapelloni Pavia, A., Peresso, G. and Opitz, R. (2021) Stratigraphic analysis. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Johnson, T. D. and Opitz, R. (2021) Data presentation in this volume: Digital design choices - 3D interface changes and challenges for intergrating across volumes. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Opitz, R. (2021) Data presentation in this volume: Limitations imposed by the record. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Opitz, R. (2021) Sampling and sampling experiments for Area A and late Area B materials. In: Banducci, L. M. and Gallone, A. (eds.) A Cemetery and Quarry from Imperial Gabii. Series: Gabii project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999064

Opitz, R. (2017) Airborne laserscanning in archaeology: maturing methods and democratizing applications. In: Forte, M. and Campana, S. (eds.) Digital Methods and Remote Sensing in Archaeology. Series: Quantitative methods in the humanities and social sciences. Springer: Cham, Switzerland, pp. 35-50. ISBN 9783319406565 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-40658-9_2)

Opitz, R. (2015) Three dimensional field recording in archaeology: An example from Gabii. In: Olsen, B. R. and Caraher, W. R. (eds.) Visions of Substance: 3D Imaging in Mediterranean Archaeology. The Digital Press @ University of North Dakota Digital Press: Grand Forks, ND, pp. 73-87. ISBN 9780692368398

Edited Books

Opitz, R. , Mogetta, M. and Terrenato, N. (Eds.) (2016) A Mid-Republican House From Gabii. Series: Gabii Project reports. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 9780472999002

Website

Opitz, R. , Mogetta, M. and Terrenato, N. (2017) The Gabii Project: Excavations at the ancient Latin city of Gabii, a neighboring and rival city-state to Rome in the 1st Millennium BCE. [Website]

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Grants

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ipaast-czo: interoperable precision agricultural and archaeological sensing technologies

Agricultural landscapes sit at the intersection between nature, humanity, and technology. Today, rural agricultural landscapes are being fundamentally transformed by the introduction of advanced farming technologies in the form of precision agriculture and by the deployment of new policies and incentives to address the climate crisis, environmental sustainability and food security. This project aims to study rural agricultural landscapes as complex entities rooted in long-term human-environment interactions and shaped by contemporary farming practices in order to engage with this transformation.

This foundational work will be accomplished through this project’s workshop and field trial activities, through which an interdisciplinary team will collaborate to develop interoperable data descriptions and workflows for remote and near-surface sensing data used by archaeologists and precision-agriculturalists to study these landscapes. Designing truly compatible data standards and analytical routines requires delving deeply into implicit disciplinary ontologies and epistemologies, because we operationalize our perspectives and agendas through the design of our data structures and workflows. This design work will elucidate these implicit properties and open a discourse around the complex intersecting interests and priorities of stakeholders in rural communities and places, setting an agenda for a new, shared approach to our changing agricultural landscapes.

This project is led by a team from the Universities of Glasgow, Ghent, Siena, Florence and Spain’s Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). 

 Learn more at https://ipaast-czo.glasgow.ac.uk/.


dataArc, Building Cyberinfrastructure to Enable Interdisciplinary Research on the Long-Term Human Ecodynamics of the North Atlantic, is a NSF funded project building the cyberinfrastructure necessary to support research on human ecodynamics in the North Atlantic. This research requires the analysis of diverse and heterogeneous datasets, the cooperation of international research teams, and the deep time perspective provided by archaeology. Data discovery, integration, and visualization are critical to all aspects of this research, and the development of cyberinfrastructure (CI) and tools can enable this crucial collaborative research. Investing in comprehensive online cyberinfrastructure provides the opportunity to link collaborators and data from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, resulting in the opportunity for a holistic approach to understand the rapid social and environmental changes that occurred in the past and for the creation of digital tools for expanded capacity to engage other users, including students and Indigenous northern communities.

Project Lead and co-PI.

Learn more at: https://www.data-arc.org/


The Gabii Project is an international archaeological initiative. It was launched in 2007 with the objective of studying and excavating the ancient Latin city of Gabii, a city-state that was both a neighbor of, and a rival to, Rome in the first millennium BC.

Director of Topography and Digital Data.

 

Learn more at: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/gabiiproject/


Past Grants



SPatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations (SPARC)
. SPARC is an NSF-funded program at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) and Archeo-Imaging Lab (AIL) dedicated to promoting geospatial research in archaeology. SPARC offers direct support to archaeological projects through awards in three categories:

  • Fieldwork: On-site data collection
  • Data & Analytics: Preparation, processing and analysis of geospatial data
  • Publication: Presentation, publication and archiving of complex geospatial datasets

co-PI.

Learn more at: https://sparc.cast.uark.edu/


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CALCRome, the Capturing the Life Cycle of Ceramics in Rome Project, saw a collaboration with archaeologists Marcello Mogetta at the University of Missouri and Laura Banducci at Carleton University to investigate traces of past use seen on Black Gloss ceramics from funerary and ritual contexts. Black gloss pottery plays an important role in our understanding of the consumption of food and drink both every day and on special occasions.  Where did they come from, and how were they chosen for to be placed into the tomb of a friend or family member, or left in a sanctuary as an offering? To address these questions, our team carried out 3D scanning to capture detailed surface models of the objects in 2016 and 2018. These models were analysed to assess the types and extent of wear and marks of use on their interior and exterior surfaces.  Research focused on developing new ways to measure and quantify these different types of wear, so that analyses can be performed across large datasets and more consistent assessment of the extent and type of use- wear can be made. 

Co-PI.

Supervision

I am happy to supervise Masters and Doctoral dissertations on topics related to archaeological remote sensing, landscape archaeology, computational and digital methods in archaeology, and applications and implications of 3D data in archaeology. My regional and chronological expertise lies in the Iron Age and Roman Mediterranean. 

 

  • Antler Finkelstein, Chen
    Meaningful Places: Intertwined Identity and Environment in Archaic Rome
  • Killoran, Lucy
    Automation in the practice of archaeological survey
  • Ottonello, Luca
    Focussing on emotion in archaeology. Using videogame interactive narrative to study users’ emotional reactions resulting from the exploration of environments in an archaeo-game.
  • Prew, George
    The Archaeology of Fashion in the Central Italic Iron Age
  • Stewart, Edward
    Repopulating the Braes

Teaching

Courses

Programme Convenor for the Archaeology PGT programmes

https://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/archaeology/