Answering the Grand Challenges of Archaeology

Author(s): Jeffrey Altschul

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Attention to Detail: A Pragmatic Career of Research, Mentoring, and Service, Papers in Honor of Keith Kintigh" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

Keith Kintigh has been at the forefront of the digital revolution in archaeology. He was one of the first to recognize the potential and need of digital archives to house and make accessible the vast treasure trove of archaeological data. He has been a leader in developing tools to access and manipulate data from disparate data sets. Keith spearheaded the effort to define the Grand Challenges of Archaeology. And, he co-founded the Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis to answer the challenges and other major questions facing the discipline and society. In this paper, I explore the last initiative—the creation of a vehicle to conduct collaborative archaeological synthesis—in depth. The origin of the Coalition, its structure, and its vision to transform archaeological synthetic research are discussed. I close with the current status of where we are as a discipline in this process in what ultimately will be a defining part of Keith’s legacy to archaeology.

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Answering the Grand Challenges of Archaeology. Jeffrey Altschul. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 451944)


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Abstract Id(s): 23217