Digital Archaeology

       Archaeology is in desperate need of digital and cyber infrastructure. Currently, the field lacks centralized databases, digital data conventions on form or security, or regularized paths for conveying the results of research to the public. In addition, there is a backlog of unpublished and legacy data sets virtually inaccessible to professionals or the public. One proposed solution that has strong, broad based support among academics and practicing archaeologists is a central database linked to regional nodes located worldwide (Kintigh 2006). 

        I have found San Jose State, located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, an ideal environment for research and training students in the field of digital archaeology - an approach “utilizing computers based on an understanding of the strengths and limits of computers and information technology as a whole” (Daly and Evans 2006:3).

 

 

Geographic Information Systems have the power to produce 3D images like the one pictured here as well as a georeferenced relational data structure allowing researchers and the public the opportunity to access archaeological information (NASA World Wind 4.1).

 

Daly, P and T.L. Evans. 2006. “Introduction: archaeological theory and digital pasts.” In Digital Archaeology: Bridging method and theory, T.L. Evans and P. Daly, eds. pp 3-9. Routledge, London.

Kintigh, K. 2006. The Promise and Challenge of Archaeological Data Integration.
American Antiquity 71(3):567-578.