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25 Years of Digital Archaeology - Updating the Past to Plan for the Future

Author(s): Jennifer Melcher

Year: 2016

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Beginning in the late 1980s, the University of West Florida Archaeology Institute began

making extensive use of digital technology to aid in archaeological research. The past 25 years

of research have left a plethora of data on a variety of digital media. Current work on

developing a new interpretive plan for downtown Pensacola, Florida made it necessary to

update and combine as much of this data as possible. Updating this information required the

use of a variety of hardware and software before combining data into a single GIS product and

associated artifact database. This combination of older data allows for easier access by

researchers to look for broad patterns and make new interpretations of the overall downtown


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25 Years of Digital Archaeology - Updating the Past to Plan for the Future. Jennifer Melcher. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 404522)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Southeast

Spatial Coverage

min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

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