Thursday, November 23, 2023

Digital Archaeology: Promises and Impasses

Edited by Tuna Kalaycı, Karsten Lambers & Victor Klinkenberg

Archaeology has gone digital for some time now! Topics such as GIS databases, 3D models, drone photography, meta- and para-data, semantic mapping, text mining, simulation, and social network analysis have become commonplace in archaeological discourse and practice. Digital and technological advancements seemingly offer limitless promises for data recording, analysis and dissemination. Yet, after several decades of innovation, we must ask ourselves which of these promises are actually fulfilled, and which persistent impasses are present. Today, some reflexive questions are more important than ever. In particular, when, how and why do our innovative archaeology tools fail? Do we approach our archaeological projects with a digital wand and (implicitly or explicitly) expect a magical solution? And when there is indeed a digital solution, at what expense does it come?

In this volume, scholars and practitioners in the field discuss the state of the art, as well as the promises and impasses that digital approaches to archaeology entail. The authors discuss the current state of teaching digital archaeology, the societal impact of digital innovations, current issues in archaeological data management, promises and limitations of isotopic research and remote sensing techniques, and why subfields such as agent-based modelling and serious gaming struggle to keep momentum.

Paperback ISBN: 9789464262278 | Hardback ISBN: 9789464262285 | Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 210x265mm | 136 pp. | Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 51 | Series: Analecta | Language: English | 4 illus. (bw) | 21 illus. (fc) | Keywords: Digital Archaeology; education; critical approaches; Agent Based Modelling; archaeogaming; isotope studies; remote sensing; artificial intelligence and deep learning; databases; data integration | download cover | DOI: 10.59641/f48820ir

Introduction: Leiden Perspectives on Digital Archaeology
Karsten Lambers

Metaphors, Myths, and Transformations in Digital Archaeology
Tuna Kalaycı and Piraye Hacıgüzeller

Data Exchange Protocol in Dutch Archaeology
Milco Wansleeben, Walter Laan and Ronald Visser

Digital Data Integration in Mediterranean Field Survey Archaeology: Status Quo and Future Perspectives
Tymon de Haas and Martijn van Leusen

Isotopes, Isoscapes, and the Search for Geographic Origins: Unrealized Potential or Unrealistic Expectations?
Jason E. Laffoon and Till F. Sonnemann

From the Jungle to the Lab: Using Remote-Sensing and Deep Learning to Map Archaeological Features in Lab-based Settings
Sarah Klassen, Tommaso Pappagallo and Damian Evans

Bibliometric Analysis of Agent-Based Simulation in Archaeology: People, Topics, and Future Prospects
Iza Romanowska and Fulco Scherjon

Critical Miss? Archaeogaming as a Playful Tool for Archaeological Research and Outreach
Aris Politopoulos and Angus Mol

Rachel Opitz


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