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Digital Archaeology: Telling the Stories of the Past Using Technology of the Future

Author(s): Justine Benanty ; Samuel M Cuellar

Year: 2017

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New digital technologies have been slow to be adopted by the archaeological field. While archaeologists are encouraged to undertake public education and outreach, we haven't yet fully embraced the immersive visual & interactive online tools available to us. Traditional means of publishing no longer suffices as a strategy for long-term preservation of our field. While young professional archaeologists are attempting to bridge this gap by providing first hand visual data from the field, it isn't effective unless the field wholly embraces this process. Scholars are often challenged by the engaging stories of treasure hunters and amateur archaeologists because these groups have embraced an aggressive digital presence to meet the public on their level of understanding and accessibility. In a world where scientific funding sources are drying up and becoming increasingly competitive, the field needs to utilize these technologies if we hope to continually educate the public on sustainable archaeological practices. 

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Digital Archaeology: Telling the Stories of the Past Using Technology of the Future. Justine Benanty, Samuel M Cuellar. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435605)


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 247

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