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Exploring the use of digital methods in heritage studies and archaeological research

 

The two volumes of Digital Heritage and Archaeology in Practice bring together archaeologists and heritage professionals from private, public, and academic sectors to discuss practical applications of digital and computational approaches to the field. Contributors thoughtfully explore the diverse and exciting ways in which digital methods are being deployed in archaeological interpretation and analysis, museum collections and archives, and community engagement, as well as the unique challenges that these approaches bring.


In this volume, essays address methods for preparing and analyzing archaeological data, focusing on preregistration of research design and 3D digital topography. Next, contributors use specific case studies to discuss data structuring, with an emphasis on creating and maintaining large data sets and working with legacy data. Finally, the volume offers insights into ethics and professionalism, including topics such as access to data, transparency and openness, scientific reproducibility, open-access heritage resources, Indigenous sovereignty, structural racial inequalities, and machine learning.


Digital Heritage and Archaeology in Practice highlights the importance of community, generosity, and openness in the use of digital tools and technologies. Providing a purposeful counterweight to the idea that digital archaeology requires expensive infrastructure, proprietary software, complicated processes, and opaque workflows, these volumes privilege perspectives that embrace straightforward and transparent approaches as models for the future.


Contributors: Lynne Goldstein | Ethan Watrall | Brian Ballsun-Stanton | Rachel Opitz | Sebastian Heath | Jolene Smith | Philip I Buckland | Adela Sobotkova | Petra Hermankova | Theresa Huntsman | Heather Richards-Rissetto | Ben Marwick | Li-Ying Wang | Carrie Heitman | Neha Gupta | Ramona Nicholas | Susan Blair | Jeremy Huggett 

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Tables
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Digital Methods, Data, and Ethics; Framing a More Thoughtfully Open, Public, and Generous Approach to Digital Heritage and Archaeology
  2. Ethan Watrall and Lynne Goldstein
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I. Digital Methods and Computational Approaches for Archaeological Analysis and Interpretation
  1. 1. Introducing Preregistration of Research Design to Archaeology
  2. Shawn A. Ross and Brian Ballsun-Stanton
  3. pp. 15-35
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  1. 2. Engaging with Landscape Topography: Visualization, Depiction, and Interpretation in (Digital) Reality
  2. Rachel Opitz
  3. pp. 36-68
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  1. Part II. Working with Digital Data in Heritage and Archaeology
  1. 3. Narrating Transitions and Transformations in Cultural Heritage Digital Workflows Using a JSON-Encoded Dataset of Roman Amphitheaters
  2. Sebastian Heath
  3. pp. 71-97
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  1. 4. Practical Approaches to Managing Messy Data in Archaeology
  2. Jolene Smith
  3. pp. 98-108
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  1. 5. Approaches to Research Data Infrastructure for Archaeological Science
  2. Phillip I. Buckland and Mattias Sjölander
  3. pp. 109-134
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  1. 6. Emergent Archaeological Realities and Reusable Datasets: What Is the Priority?
  2. Adela Sobotkova and Petra Hermankova
  3. pp. 135-149
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  1. 7. Lydian Legacies: Hybrid Approaches to Data Management and Publication at the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis
  2. Theresa Huntsman
  3. pp. 150-160
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  1. Part III. Engaging with Ethics and Professional Issues in Digital Heritage and Archaeology
  1. 8. Technological Challenges to Practicing 3D Ethics in Archaeology
  2. Heather Richards-Rissetto
  3. pp. 163-193
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  1. 9. How to Align Disciplinary Ideals with Actual Practices: Transparency and Openness in Archaeological Science
  2. Ben Marwick and Li-Ying Wang
  3. pp. 194-219
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  1. 10. Theorizing the Archive and Ethics of Open Access Archaeology
  2. Carrie C. Heitman
  3. pp. 220-240
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  1. 11. Postcolonial and Indigenous Perspectives in Digital Archaeology
  2. Neha Gupta, Ramona Nicholas, and Susan Blair
  3. pp. 241-274
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  1. 12. Archaeological Practice and Digital Automation
  2. Jeremy Huggett
  3. pp. 275-304
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 305-312
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 313-327
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