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3D Digitization of Archaeological Artifatcts in Conservation (2016)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Christopher Dostal.

At the Conservation Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University, recent projects have all implemented some form of 3D modeling of artifacts as part of the documentation process for either before treatment, after treatment, or both.  The logistics of the implementation of 3D modeling as a standard documentation technique for every artifact in a collection can be daunting, especially when dealing with untreated waterlogged artifacts that must remain wet before conservation. This paper discusses...


Archival Digitization and Accessibility in a Small Island Nation: A Case Study (2017)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Kelley ScudderTemple. Michael Pateman.

Archaeologists, anthropologists, researchers and educators are all aware of crucial role that archival documents play in the discovery process. Those who work in the Caribbean are painfully aware of the absence of accessible archived documents in many island nations.  During the summer of 2016, through a grant with the British Library Endangered Archives Program (EAP914), the Zemi Foundation began working with the Turks and Caicos National Museum on the development of a National Archives. A...


Developing Photo Metadata (2019)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Ann Stahl.

This handout, "Developing Photo Metadata," is a part of the Improving African Futures Using Lessons from the Past (IAfF) Digital Resource Guides. The focus of this guide is on creating metadata for photographic collections. While there are many metadata categories that can be included in describing photographic collections, choices about which ones to include in a metadata template must be made. Metadata categories you record should anticipate your needs and those of future users of a...


Digital Archaeology and the Curation Crisis: 3D Modeling as an Answer to the Problems of Collections Access and Use (2014)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Mallory Marcone.

The archaeological curation crisis has plagued repositories and archaeologists alike with a multitude of problems for several decades, most notably inaccessibility to collections. Archaeological artifacts continue to be curated in repositories with little prospect of ever being used by researchers to uncover new information about the past, rendering them essentially useless and removing much of the moral justification of archaeology itself. However, in creating digital 3D models of artifacts and...


The Future of Zooarchaeological Collections in Twenty First-Century Scholarship (2015)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Laura Scheiber.

Zooarchaeological research is nearly impossible without comprehensive comparative collections that aid in the identification and analysis of archaeofauna. Throughout her career, Diane Gifford Gonzalez has been a strong proponent of developing and maintaining comparative research collections of modern and ancient vertebrate specimens. In this paper, I discuss the current state of zooarchaeological collections in twenty-first century scholarship. I highlight the William R. Adams Zooarchaeological...


How to Organize and Scan Photographic Collections (2019)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Ann Stahl.

This handout, "How to Organize and Scan Photographic Collections," is a part of the Improving African Futures Using Lessons from the Past (IAfF) Digital Resource Guides. When working with photographic collections, it may come to you as a set of prints, negatives or slides. This handout provides a brief background on each medium and provides a recommended workflow for working with photographic collections. Helpful resources and practice questions are also included.


Laser Scanning as a Methodology for the Documentation and Interpretation of Archaeological Ships: A Case Study Using the 18th Century Ship from Alexandria, VA and the 18th Century Ship Found Below the World Trade Center in New York. (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Christopher Dostal.

In January of 2016, the remains of an 18th century wooden ship were found during construction on the waterfront of Alexandria, VA. The ship was excavated and stored, and in June of 2017, the disarticulated timbers were shipped to the Conservation Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University for documentation and conservation. To document the ship, each individual timber is laser-scanned, and the individual laser scans are being re-assembled in the nurbs 3-D modelling suite Rhinoceros 5. This...


Making Digital Copies of Photographic Prints (2018)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Lisa Goddard.

This handout, "Making Digital Copies of Photographic Prints," is a part of the Improving African Futures Using Lessons from the Past (IAfF) Digital Resource Guides. This guide walks you through the process of digitizing photographic prints from properly setting the scanner to creating archival and access copies. Best practices for file naming conventions and batch processing are also discussed.


The Ontological Approach: Applying Social Theory to Physically Manifested Culture (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jennifer Rogerson Jennings.

This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. The practice of collections management is changing with the ever-growing technology that is embedded in society today. The museum's visitor no longer receives information on an analog platform, or at least not the majority of it, so why is this the main form of communication between museums and patrons? This creates a necessity for museums to alter their...


The Ontological Approach: Applying Social Theory to Physically Manifested Culture (2019)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jennifer Rogerson Jennings.

This is an abstract from the "Reflections, Practice, and Ethics in Historical Archaeology" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology. The design, integration, and accessibility of digitized collections allows one to determine a "things" meaning for themselves, instead of having to accept or deny the preexisting representation applied to said "thing." This will create possibilities of expanded representation for objects, cultures, and meaning itself. The...


Organization, Tracking, And Metadata: Bar Coding For Collections Management (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Lauren D. Bussiere.

Housing more than 15 million artifacts from over 8,000 archaeological sites, the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin has a significant need for high-functioning collections tracking systems. As part of our institutional digitization strategy, TARL has begun implementing a system of bar codes for collections, with the goal of facilitating artifact retrieval and replacement as our collections are used for research, education, and public outreach. The system...


Resources, Goals, and Standards: The Basics of Digitizing Archaeological Collections and Legacy Materials (2018)
DOCUMENT Citation Only Jodi Reeves Eyre.

Digitization, the conversion of an analog item and creation a digital surrogate, is an important collections management tool. Digitizing collection materials can provide engaging images for public outreach and education, improve knowledge of the collection and access. It also aids in the preservation of materials by creating digital surrogates of content. Digitizing material can rescue content from obsolete media, provide a way for researchers to view content while protecting fragile, physical...


Scanning from Slides and Film (2018)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Lisa Goddard.

This handout, "Scanning from Slides and Film," is a part of the Improving African Futures Using Lessons from the Past (IAfF) Digital Resource Guides. The digitization process for both film and slides are described along with the pros and cons of scanning these media compared to photographic prints.


Scanning to a Text File (2018)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Lisa Goddard.

This handout, "Scanning to a Text File," is a part of the Improving African Futures Using Lessons from the Past (IAfF) Digital Resource Guides. Although PDF is a convenient format for reading and sharing textual documents online, there are times when it is most useful to create a fully editable transcription of a document. This guide walks you through the steps on creating a Word document from a paper report. Anytime that you have a paper copy of a document, and you would like to have a digital,...


Scanning Unbound Documents (2018)
DOCUMENT Full-Text Lisa Goddard.

This handout, "Scanning Unbound Documents," is a part of the Improving African Futures Using Lessons from the Past (IAfF) Digital Resource Guides. Although it is possible to scan printed documents on a photo scanner, it is more convenient to purchase a document scanner if you are going to do a lot of this kind of material. A document scanner is optimized for scanning documents quickly, and it comes with optical character recognition software that can turn an image into editable text. This guide...