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The past 20 years have witnessed a slow march toward complete digitization of archaeological field data. In this paper, I assess the last two decades of academic archaeological fieldwork based on my experience with field projects in the Mediterranean, and propose a historical context for the adoption of paperless recording in the field. Drawing on the examples of the Troy excavations, the Pompeii Archeological Research Project: Porta Stabia, and the Kea Regional Archaeological Project, I review trends that include the commoditization of hardware, the early adoption of new hardware by specialists, the incorporation of specialist data into site-wide datasets, and the ways that this knowledge can be applied to direct digital entry of field observations via mobile devices.

Publication Date

10-3-2016

Publisher

The Digital Press @ University of North Dakota

City

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Keywords

archaeological recording, digital archaeology, Mediterranean, paperless archaeology, tablets

Disciplines

Classical Archaeology and Art History

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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

1.1. Why Paperless: Technology and Changes in Archaeological Practice, 1996–2016

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