Digital Archaeology: Bridging Method and Theory

Digital Archaeology: Bridging Method and Theory

by Patrick Daly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415310504

ISBN-13: 9780415310505

Pub. Date: 11/30/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415310505
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/30/2005
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tablesx
Notes on contributorsxiii
Acknowledgementsxvii
Part IWhere we've been and where we are going1
Introduction: archaeological theory and digital pasts3
1Digital archaeology: a historical context10
Part IIData collection33
2Archaeological survey in a digital world35
3Drowning in data? Digital data in a British contracting unit50
Part IIIQuantification made easy59
4You, 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 northeastern France61
Part IVModelling the past95
5Jouma's tent: Bedouin and digital archaeology97
6Digital archaeology and the scalar structure of pastoral landscapes: modeling mobile societies of prehistoric Central Asia128
7What you see is what you get? Visualscapes, visual genesis and hierarchy148
Part VVirtual worlds169
8'Digital gardening': an approach to simulating elements of palaeovegetation and some implications for the interpretation of prehistoric sites and landscapes171
9At the edges of the lens: photography, graphical constructions and cinematography191
Part VIDisseminating the data211
10Electronic publication in archaeology213
11Computers, learning and teaching in archaeology: life past and present on the screen226
12What's another word for thesaurus? Data standards and classifying the past236
Part VIIConclusion251
Afterword253
Index257

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