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Taming the Beast: Rock Art Data Management and Archival Strategies

Author(s): Jeremy Freeman ; Victoria Munoz ; Carolyn Boyd

Year: 2015

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One of the most important, yet often neglected, components of any archaeological project is what happens outside of the field—processing the data. Without meticulously organizing and archiving the data we collect, these fast accumulating pieces of information become no more useful than a pile of papers pushed to the corners of our desks. Worse yet, irreplaceable data could be lost. Shumla Archaeological Research and Education Center is taking measures to avoid this pitfall by developing methods for long-term management and storage of vast data sets. The organization currently manages more than 2 terabytes (TB) of visual and textual rock art data. With increasing use of sophisticated digital technology, the demand on storage space is rapidly increasing. For example, three weeks in the field this past year generated almost 750 GB of raw data alone. In the interest of inciting further discussion on archaeological data management, this paper will present the strategies employed by Shumla to organize and manage large data sets. This will include discussions on hardware and software considerations, as well as field and lab procedures implemented to ensure data integrity and longevity.

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Taming the Beast: Rock Art Data Management and Archival Strategies. Victoria Munoz, Jeremy Freeman, Carolyn Boyd. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395173)


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min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America