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An Introduction to Digital Archaeology

Digital Archaeology blurs the line between 'communication' and 'analysis'.

Shawn Graham

on 15 February 2012

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Digital Archaeology Amphitheatre at Portus, by the Portus Project, U of Southampton
http://www.flickr.com/photos/portusproject/6146823202/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Archaeology with, through, and by, computation
- a very brief & non-exhaustive introduction!
Shawn Graham, Carleton University @electricarchaeo Great Temple, Petra, Brown University Digital Archaeology is Public Archaeology Digital Archaeology is about representation Digital Archaeology creates new ways of knowing Digital Archaeology
is about communication,
tools, and new abilities to
ask the previously impossible
questions. dig·i·tal (dj-tl)
a. Relating to, or resembling a digit, especially a finger.
b. Operated or done with the fingers: a digital switch.
c. Having digits.
2. Expressed in discrete numerical form, especially for use by a computer or other electronic device: digital information.
3. Electronics
a. Relating to or being a device that can generate, record, process, receive, transmit, or display information that is represented in discrete numerical form.
b. Relating to or being a service that provides information expressed in discrete numerical form: We subscribe to digital cable.
4. Relating to or being a profession or activity that is performed using digital devices: a digital librarian; digital photography.
5. Using or giving a reading in digits: a digital clock.
6. Characterized by widespread use of computers: living in the digital age.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/digital Archaeology explores the material
conditions of humanity and humanistic
endeavors. 'Digital' implies the ability
to manipulate with one's hands,
to count, to measure and to represent.
Image of haptic interface for archaeology: http://graphics.cs.brown.edu/research/sciviz/archaeology/archave/archave.html Roman Baths on the North Slope of Vesuvius - the 3d model, by Apolline Project Day of Archaeology, Richardson et al.
http://www.dayofarchaeology.com/ http://electricarchaeologist.wordpress.com/2011/04/02/signal-versus-noise-why-academic-blogging-matters-a-structural-argument-saa-2011/ http://heritage.crowdmap.com LIghthouse at
Portus, U of Southampton
Portus Project
http://www.flickr.com/photos/portusproject/6146274383/sizes/o/in/photostream/ Adam Rabinovitz
on digitizing an
Virtual Excavation on
the Carleton Virtual Campus http://screencast.com/t/92Xv9KAcXeZ Janssen, Understanding Artificial Anasazi
http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/12/4/13.html Agent
Modeling Travellersim,
Graham & Steiner
New forms of sharing & discovery:

Data as publication and new publishing models

http://escholarship.org/uc/item/1r6137tb# Digital media represent more and more of our world as bits. We offload our cognition to our devices. Soon, we will need an archaeology of the devices, software, and programs themselves.
....but that's a topic for another day. Kay, S. & Witcher, R.E. 2005. The Tiber Valley Project: The Role of GIS and Databases in Field Survey Data Integration and Analysis. Archeologia e Calcolatori 16: 113-127
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