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Digital Archaeology : Bridging Method and Theory - Patrick W. Daly

Digital Archaeology

Bridging Method and Theory

By: Patrick W. Daly (Editor), Thomas L. Evans (Editor)

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Published: 1st December 2005
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"Digital Archaeology" is a unique edited work addressing the changing and growing role of digital technologies in all aspects of archaeology and heritage management. Exploring the wide potential of IT across the discipline, this book goes beyond the prevailing notion that computers are merely a methodological tool, and considers their influence on the very nature of archaeological study.
Blending rigorous archaeological theory with the extensive practical knowledge of professionals in the field, Digital Archaeology is a highly accessible text that shows and discusses the ways in which computing can be holistically incorporated into archaeology. The book discusses elements of archaeological theory and reveals how computers can be used to reintegrate theoretical questions into the application of field work and analysis.
Beginning with a history of the growth of computing within the field, the book goes on to look at examples of how and why different technologies have been implemented into archaeological theory and method. It includes GIS, virtual reality modelling, internet publishing and archiving, and on-site digital recording using such examples as the integrated digital recording of the Ferrybridge Chariot and other case studies from around the world. This volume also discusses ways in which technology can now be used in normal excavations and how this affects the study of archaeology as a whole, from planning to publication.

List of figures and tablesp. x
Notes on contributorsp. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Where we've been and where we are goingp. 1
Introduction: archaeological theory and digital pastsp. 3
Digital archaeology: a historical contextp. 10
Data collectionp. 33
Archaeological survey in a digital worldp. 35
Drowning in data? Digital data in a British contracting unitp. 50
Quantification made easyp. 59
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 northeastern Francep. 61
Modelling the pastp. 95
Jouma's tent: Bedouin and digital archaeologyp. 97
Digital archaeology and the scalar structure of pastoral landscapes: modeling mobile societies of prehistoric Central Asiap. 128
What you see is what you get? Visualscapes, visual genesis and hierarchyp. 148
Virtual worldsp. 169
'Digital gardening': an approach to simulating elements of palaeovegetation and some implications for the interpretation of prehistoric sites and landscapesp. 171
At the edges of the lens: photography, graphical constructions and cinematographyp. 191
Disseminating the datap. 211
Electronic publication in archaeologyp. 213
Computers, learning and teaching in archaeology: life past and present on the screenp. 226
What's another word for thesaurus? Data standards and classifying the pastp. 236
Conclusionp. 251
Afterwordp. 253
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780415310505
ISBN-10: 0415310504
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st December 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1