Digital Archaeology: Bridging Method and Theory

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Overview

The use of computers in archaeology is entering a new phase of unparalleled development, moving on from a specialist methodology on the margins to a powerful practical and analytical tool used across all areas of archaeological interest. With a thorough examination of the ways in which both everyday and cutting-edge technologies can be used to inform and enhance traditional methods, this book brings together ideology from the academic world and pragmatic, concrete examples to show how fieldwork, theory and technology fit together today as never before.

Covering a history of the rise of computer use in archaeology as well as a thorough assessment of a number of high profile examples such as the Ferrybridge Chariot, this book shows how new technologies have been implemented into both theory and method as an integral part of the archaeological process.

With contributions from renowned experts, experienced professionals and emerging names in the field, this unique, forward-thinking book brings together previously disparate aspects of archaeology in a new holistic approach to the study of the past. A companion website is also available to allow further study of the images included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415310482
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/19/2005
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : archaeological theory and digital pasts 3
1 Digital archaeology : a historical context 10
2 Archaeological survey in a digital world 35
3 Drowning in data? : digital data in a British contracting unit 50
4 You, me and IT : the application of simple quantitative techniques in the examination of gender, identity and social reproduction in the early to Middle Iron Age of north-eastern France 61
5 Jouma's tent : Bedouin and digital archaeology 97
6 Digital archaeology and the scalar structure of pastoral landscapes : modeling mobile societies of prehistoric Central Asia 128
7 What you see is what you get? : visualscapes, visual genesis and hierarchy 148
8 'Digital gardening' : an approach to simulating elements of palaeovegetation and some implications for the interpretation of prehistoric sites and landscapes 171
9 At the edges of the lens : photography, graphical constructions and cinematography 191
10 Electronic publication in archaeology 213
11 Computers, learning and teaching in archaeology : life past and present on the screen 226
12 What's another word for thesaurus? : data standards and classifying the past 236
Afterword 253
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