A Diamond Trowel: Minecrafting Archaeology at Fort St. Joseph

Author(s): James B Schwaderer

Year: 2016


The development of digital technology is transforming society, including archaeology, in new and ever-expanding ways. From theodolites and GIS to informational databases and ion dating, the technological boom of the twenty-first century has provided new tools that increase the precision and complexity of archaeological analysis. The use of digital media by the average person has exploded, and such technologies provide new and intriguing avenues to reach and educate the public about archaeology. This paper explores the process of creating a Minecraft adventure map which recreates the procedures used to excavate a unit at Fort St. Joseph, Michigan. This project has a long commitment to public education and a wealth of background information required to create the map. In an age where archaeology is developing exponentially in its complexity and gaining a greater commitment to work with communities, the mechanisms by which we educate the public must follow suit.

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A Diamond Trowel: Minecrafting Archaeology at Fort St. Joseph. James B Schwaderer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434713)

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Spatial Coverage

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): 404