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For the last 25 years, the Athienou Archaeological Project (AAP) has conducted pedestrian survey and excavations of domestic, religious, and funerary sites in the Malloura Valley on Cyprus. To enhance the project’s research goals, excavation methods, and pedagogical mission, AAP has recognized the utility of thoughtfully integrating emergent technologies into the excavation process and has acknowledged the importance of acquainting students with such technologies. Indeed, AAP has participated in the transition from handwritten notebooks to born-digital, tablet-based recording. In 2011 AAP was among the earliest projects to embrace the “paperless” archaeology revolution that is quickly becoming standard in field archaeology. This chapter describes AAP’s transition to a do-it-yourself (DIY) hybrid archaeological recording system that integrates both born-digital and tablet-based on-site methods with existing paper-based modes of field recording. We discuss the benefits and drawbacks of system implementation and consider the impact of born-digital data recording on project workflows, research, and teaching.

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The Digital Press @ University of North Dakota


Grand Forks, North Dakota


Cyprus, Athienou-Malloura, mobile computing, tablet computing, digitization, database, digital workflows, paperless archaeology, born-digital data, digital image annotation, archaeological method, archaeological theory, archaeological pedagogy, iPads


Classical Archaeology and Art History

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1.4. DIY Digital Workflows on the Athienou Archaeological Project, Cyprus