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Using digital technologies to preserve the past

LiveScience has posted an interesting article about how archaeologists are using digital technologies to document excavations.

In previous eras, researchers logged their data in notebooks, which were preserved along with photographs, maps and objects, in a physical archive. Rabinowitz can still access the notebooks and negatives of people who conducted research more than a hundred years ago at the same sites he is exploring. Today, archaeologists are more likely to take thousands of digital photos, make notes in a database on a laptop or a tablet, and record careful, geographically referenced information that only a computer can interpret.

“The development of digital technologies has exponentially magnified the amount of data we’re collecting, simply because we have the tools now to collect a lot more information much more easily than we did in the past,” Rabinowitz said.

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Story: Aaron Dubrow, Texas Advanced Computing Center | Photo: Institute of Classical Archaeology, The University of Texas at Austin

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