by Kevin Garstki
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: December 10, 2020
Paperback: 90 pages
Digital tools are ushering in a transformative era for the field of archaeology, shaping its present practices and future prospects. Over the past twenty years, European archaeologists have embraced a diverse array of cutting-edge digital tools aimed at elevating the recording, analysis, and sharing of archaeological data. These novel techniques have not only expanded the breadth of data collected but also brought about shifts in how archaeologists perceive and interpret this information.
In tandem with these advancements, archaeologists have broadened their capacity to harness this data on a grand scale, transcending geographical and temporal boundaries. They achieve this by leveraging both emerging and existing digital research infrastructures, consequently amplifying the volume of data accessible for archaeological analysis. This Element delves into the most recent and pioneering applications of these methodologies within European archaeology, encompassing various stages of the archaeological process.
While providing an overarching view of these techniques, it undertakes a critical evaluation of their utility and examines the contemporary challenges they pose to the field. These challenges revolve around archaeologists’ reflective use of these tools and the advocacy for their transparent adoption in the realms of cultural heritage preservation and public engagement. This element underscores the dynamic role that digital tools play in shaping the trajectory of European archaeology, and how these innovations open new avenues for exploration, interpretation, and interaction with the cultural heritage of the past.