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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.
The Digital Press @ University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota
archaeological recording, digital archaeology, Mediterranean, paperless archaeology, tablets
Classical Archaeology and Art History
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Wallrodt, John. “Why Paperless: Technology and Changes in Archaeological Practice, 1996–2016” in Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology, edited by Erin Walcek Averett, Jody Michael Gordon, and Derek B. Counts, 33-50. Grand Forks, ND: The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, 2016.