Sharing The Wealth: Crowd Sourcing Texts And Artifacts

Author(s): Esther White; Anna Agbe-Davies

Year: 2016


Historical archaeological studies have always relied upon statistically valid datasets for quantitative analyses and often required that archaeologists wade through volumes of text for clues to a site’s historical context.  The digital age allows for the collection of these data in a variety of ways including gathering primary sources through crowd sourcing – multiple users, often from a diversity of sites or backgrounds, compiling data into a central repository.  This paper explores the utility of crowd sourcing in historical archaeology through an examination of two projects, transcription of ledgers and store accounts by university classes and a state-society’s attempt to crowd source data about three artifact classes (projectile points, wine bottle seals and tobacco pipe maker’s marks) using web based catalogues.  Methodological and theoretical challenges to crowd sourcing data, compiling, proofing and editing crowd sourced items and the utility of using these raw materials are addressed. 

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Sharing The Wealth: Crowd Sourcing Texts And Artifacts. Esther White, Anna Agbe-Davies. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434420)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 723