iPads in the Field and Reflections on Archaeology’s Digital Future

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Tags: Cyprus, digital humanities, preservation
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By: William Caraher, University of North Dakota

This past summer my excavation on Cyprus experimented with using iPads to document our excavations in the field. Since 2003, I have co-directed the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project with Prof. R. Scott Moore of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Prof. David K. Pettegrew of Messiah College. Over this time, the three of us designed our archaeological methods, in-field procedures, and data structure. During the 2012 season, we embraced the opportunity to test and refine a web application developed by Prof. Sam Fee at Washington and Jefferson College. Messiah College generously loaned us the iPads. Our trench supervisors and excavators embraced the experiment. And Sam was willing to work within with our existing data structure, databases, and ontologies.

Figure 1: Excavator keying data. Note the glare on the screen

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2 Comments for : iPads in the Field and Reflections on Archaeology’s Digital Future
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    • Christine
    • August 27, 2013
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    Your blog made for a very interesting read. I love the simplicity of software used to capture data on site. I'm currently doing a small research paper on the need for computers in field archaeology during excavations. I would appreciate any other information you may have to share and would also like permission to reference this blog in my paper. My paper will primarily focus on data collection during excavations and any pros or cons .

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