ARCH07029 2019 Digital Archaeology
This module will provide students with introductory knowledge necessary to create, curate, interpret and present archaeological data produced by a variety of digital processes, including photography, 3D modelling and other digital media. It includes basic introductions to photographic editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Gimp; vector drawing software including Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape; photogrammetry software including 3D Zephyr, agisoft photoscan, meshlab and sketchfab.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Identify methodologies and technologies of digital archaeology, including methods such as remote sensing, GIS, laser scanning, photogrammetry
Demonstrate an ability to use a range of these technologies
Analyze the impact of digital technologies on archeological research
Understand the role of digital media in collecting, archiving and disseminating archaeological data and results
Communicate the role of digital technologies to a peer audience
Teaching and Learning Strategies
This module will be delivered full-time. This will include lectures and computer laboratory practicals augmented by independent learning and directed learning.
Module Assessment Strategies
This module is 100% Continuous Assessment
This is broken down into the creation of a digitally based archaeological project using a range of digital techniques, which is discussed with the course tutor by week 4 and is worth 50% of the overall mark.
Computer laboratory based on-going assessments provide 30% of the overall marks
Two presentations worth 5% and 15% respectively make up the remaining marks. The presentations are both based on the content and description of the student project.
Repeat Continuous Assessment
Topics in this module include digital photography of artefacts, buildings and landscapes, along with photogrammetry and manipulating digital images using standard software packages. The course also explores the digitisation of analogue data using vector drawing software to create site plans. Students will be introduced to 3-d scanning, Reflective Transformation Imaging (RTI) and UAV surveying. Archiving and the role of digital media is also examined.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Presentation of project 1||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||5 %||Week 8||1,2,3,4,5|
|2||Computer laboratory assessments||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||30 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4|
|3||Presentation of project 2||Continuous Assessment||Assessment||15 %||Week 13||1,2,3,4,5|
|4||Digital Archaeology Project||Continuous Assessment||Project||50 %||Week 13||1,2,3,4|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Practical||Computer Laboratory||computer sessions||3||Weekly||3.00|
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Self study||4||Weekly||4.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
2005-11-24 Digital Archaeology: Bridging Method and Theory Routledge
ISBN 0415310482 ISBN-13 9780415310482
The use of computers in archaeology is entering a new phase of unparalleled development, moving on from a specialist methodology on the margins to a powerful practical and analytical tool used across all areas of archaeological interest. With a thorough examination of the ways in which both everyday and cutting-edge technologies can be used to inform and enhance traditional methods, this book brings together ideology from the academic world and pragmatic, concrete examples to show how fieldwork, theory and technology fit together today as never before. Covering a history of the rise of computer use in archaeology as well as a thorough assessment of a number of high profile examples such as the Ferrybridge Chariot, this book shows how new technologies have been implemented into both theory and method as an integral part of the archaeological process. With contributions from renowned experts, experienced professionals and emerging names in the field, this unique, forward-thinking book brings together previously disparate aspects of archaeology in a new holistic approach to the study of the past. A companion website is also available to allow further study of the images included.
2003-04-03 Using Computers in Archaeology Routledge
ISBN 0415167701 ISBN-13 9780415167703
This is a fast-changing field, however the following are useful texts
Connolly J. and Lake, M. 2006. Geographical information systems in Archaeology. Cambridge Manuals in Archaeology. CUP.
Evans, TL and Daly, P. 2006. Digital Archaeology: bridging method and theory. Routledge
MacDonald, L. 2006. Digital Heritage: applying digital imaging to cultural heritage. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford
Huggett, J., 2015. A manifesto for an introspective digital archaeology. Open Archaeology, 1(1).
Morgan, C. and Eve, S., 2012. DIY and digital archaeology: what are you doing to participate?. World Archaeology, 44(4), pp.521-537.
SMR Republic of Ireland and National Monuments
SMR Northern Ireland
For a list of Irish archaeological related databases
For soil type, geology, hydrology and other map data for Republic of Ireland
For LiDAR and topographic data
For converting Co-ordinates e.g. from Irish National Grid to Irish Transverse Mercator
For place names and digital resources (maps and manuscripts)
For folklore and school’s folklore commission
For townlands, parishes, baronies, counties
Archaeological Data Service UK - Digital repository and useful links/resources/advice in digital recording
British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) Useful links, directories etc Good link to software for archaeologists
Digital Repository Ireland – Irish humanities, social sciences and cultural heritage data
Glacial movement to Holocene map
National Library of Ireland Online content (click box beneath search window for online only) – good collection of images and limited selection of primary sources online
Documents of Ireland - Digitisation of primary sources for Ireland
This includes the Corpus of Electronic Texts (CELT)
Voices from the Dawn – Folklore and Prehistory of Ireland and a useful method to visit different sites in Ireland virtually
Down Survey Maps – 17th maps of Ireland and primary source data relating to late 1600s
Aerial photographs from Cambridge Survey from 1950s
Irish public libraries cultural heritage project has a wide range of different online sources including some sample of EIS
and much, much more digitized records and archival material
For heritage publications, advice and heritage policy
For National Inventory of Architectural Heritage
For RTI see: http://culturalheritageimaging.org/Technologies/RTI/
http://www.dstretch.com/ - plug-in for filters