Documentation: manual or digital?

It is 2018! Time to document our archaeological digs digitally, wouldn’t you say? We have it all: CAD to draw plans; GIS for maps; photogrammetry / structure from motion for 3D models and rectified photos; databases to connect all this with feature description… why use paper at all?

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Archaeogaming Series: What can an archaeologist learn from a computer game?

In this series of posts, I want to test in what capacity a AAA-game in a historical setting can actually teach me – as an aracheologist – something I don’t know about history. I have studied Near Eastern Archaeology, Prehistory and Assyriology, but never Egyptology, what would be the perfect branch of study for this game. Nevertheless I still can learn and by playing Assissins Creed Orgins and researching the scientific facts behind it, I want to find out if the game is well researched and document what I learned from it. Spoilers ahead!

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Software-Archaeology

The well known Austrian information scientiest Gerhard Chroust wrote an article “Software-Archäologie: Eine interdisziplinäre Betrachtung” (“software-archaeology: an interdisciplinary view”) in which he compares the maintenance of software with archaeology. It is a kinda cool and funny article, really.

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Data what data?

So, I found this cartoon and think it’s pretty funny.

I asked myself what it means in our discipline. Everyone is talking about “data“. Or “databases“. Or “big data“.  So, what the heck is this “data“? Or are these “data”, because, well, shouldn‘t it be a plural word from “datum“? (more…)

Academia.edu and its problems

Academia.edu. Who doesn’t know it? By now this “facebook for academics“ is one of the first places students search for literature. Well known professors put their stuff there, you can find whole PhD-dissertations, loads of articles by almost anyone in any (archaeological) field. It is easy to “follow” someone and to get a message if they put something new online, you see recommendations and and and… and it is free and for everyone!

Great, no?

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