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Curation in the Digital Age: The Potential for Bioarchaeology

Author(s): Anna Novotny

Year: 2017

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Digital imaging and curation are increasingly accessible to and implemented by bioarchaeologists working in both academic and CRM positions. In the field, 3D scanning and LiDAR technology record mortuary contexts quickly and in incredible detail. These techniques make poorly preserved remains available for study that may not survive excavation intact. In a lab setting, photogrammetry and construction of 3D models of skeletal elements shows promise for augmenting and preserving teaching collections and rare materials. However, correct implementation of these techniques requires some degree of training and skill, as well as means to curate the large data files they produce. This paper will explore the potential positive and negative aspects of implementing digital curation methods for skeletal elements as well as data generated from osteological analyses. Ethical considerations will also be discussed.


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Curation in the Digital Age: The Potential for Bioarchaeology. Anna Novotny. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431461)


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