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Archaeology's Digital Interfaces

Author(s): Jeremy Huggett

Year: 2017

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Computing devices have been increasingly used by archaeologists since the 1950s, their adoption accelerating significantly since the 1980s with the availability of personal computers. What is the nature of this changing relationship and what are the implications for archaeology (and computing)? These questions will be addressed through the metaphor of the interface. We are accustomed to the textual and graphical user interfaces as a means of negotiation between archaeologist and computer, but how else does an interface operate beyond the visual and the obvious? An interface separates and brings together. It limits and reveals. It restricts and enables. It excludes and includes (Hookway 2014, 4). An interface operates simultaneously in the technical, social, and political realms. What does a consideration of digital interfaces expose about the consequences of archaeology’s relationship with the computer, an association which has developed across barely a generation?


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Archaeology's Digital Interfaces. Jeremy Huggett. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431594)


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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