Archaeology as Technology

Posted on 26. Apr, 2010 by Christopher Fisher in LORE-LPB, Technology

Archaeology as Technology

University of Washington graduate student Anna Cohen mapping a house mound with Trimble technology, Lake Pátzcuaro Basin, Michoacán, Mexico, summer 2009

It’s probably fitting that this is the first blog post on the new Legacies of Resilience (LORE-LPB) website as this project is so tech dependent.  LORE-LPB has taken advantage of recent advances in mobile computing to document architectural features faster, and with a higher degree of accuracy, then traditional full coverage archaeological survey.  This allows us to occupy a ‘middle ground between traditional extensive-style survey and more intensive mapping done with a total station.

In a recent poster at the Society for American Archaeology annual meeting in Saint Louis we outlined the methodology that we use, which is based on Trimble hardware and software (TrimbleRecon rugged handheld computers as well as the GeoXH and GeoXT GPS receivers, and Terrasync and Pathfinder office software).  We also got some props from the blogosphere for our use of these new technologies. Curt Hopkins originally hooked me up with much of this gear and I owe him a big thank you!!

The big issue for us now is how do we organize all of this new information?  How can we harness all of these data to address traditional archaeological questions?  And . . . is this going to lead us to new questions?