Excavation is Destruction Digitization: Advances in Archaeological Practice

  title={Excavation is Destruction Digitization: Advances in Archaeological Practice},
  author={Christopher H. Roosevelt and Peter J. Cobb and Emanuel Moss and Brandon R. Olson and Sinan {\"U}nl{\"u}soy},
  journal={Journal of Field Archaeology},
  pages={325 - 346}
Abstract This article modifies an old archaeological adage—“excavation is destruction”—to demonstrate how advances in archaeological practice suggest a new iteration: “excavation is digitization.” Digitization, in a fully digital paradigm, refers to practices that leverage advances in onsite, image-based modeling and volumetric recording, integrated databases, and data sharing. Such practices were implemented in 2014 during the inaugural season of the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project (KAP) in… 

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