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The Promise and Challenge of Archaeological Data Integration

(2004-2005)
 

Description
A team of ASU archaeologists and computer scientists has initiated an effort to implement a cyberinfrastructure for archaeology. Using new technologies and collaborating with an international coalition of scholars, we seek to build an archaeological information infrastructure that will allow archaeologists to archive, access, integrate, and mine disparate datasets in order for archaeology to approach its potential to provide long term, scientific understandings of human history.

New technologies in information integration will enable archaeologists 1) to work at scales not currently possible to answer pressing questions that cannot now be addressed due to a lack of effective access to existing data; 2) to foster the development of a new paradigm of integrative and synthetic research; 3) to scale and integrate archaeological data so that they can be used to address compelling questions in other disciplines; and 4) to sustain the scientific utility of existing digital data that are critically endangered by media degradation, software obsolescence, and inadequate data documentation (metadata).

Research Team
    School of Human Evolution & Social Change
  • Keith Kintigh, Principal Investigator
  • Arleyn Simon, Principal Investigator
  • Ben Nelson, Principal Investigator
  • Charles Redman, Principal Investigator
  • David Abbott, Principal Investigator
  • George Cowgill, Principal Investigator
  • Katherine Spielmann, Principal Investigator
  • Margaret Nelson, Principal Investigator
  • Michelle Hegmon, Principal Investigator
  • Peter McCartney, Principal Investigator
  • Sander van der Leeuw, Principal Investigator
  • Jodi Guyot, Staff Support


  • Other ASU Collaborators
  • Ann Kinzig, Principal Investigator, School of Life Sciences
  • Chitta Baral, Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Hasan Davulcu, Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Huan Liu, Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Engineering
  • K. Selçuk Candan, Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Marty Anderies, Principal Investigator, School of Life Sciences
  • Subbarao Kambhampati, Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Engineering

Sources of Funding
National Science Foundation, $100,000

Presentations and Events
Workshop in December 2004 in Santa Barbara, CA.

Contact: Keith Kintigh

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