Documenting, Interpreting, Publishing, and Reusing: Linking archaeological reports and excavation archives in the virtual space

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This PhD thesis examines how application of 3D visualization and related digital analytical tools is having a transformative impact on archaeological practice via improvement of visual-spatial thinking and the strengthening of conceptual understanding. However, the deployment of these new digital methods is essentially still at an experimental stage. Therefore, the thesis undertakes a critical evaluation of current progress, identifying both shortcomings and opportunities. It argues that more work is needed to systematically identify and resolve current operational challenges in order to create improved digital frameworks that can strengthen future performance across the wider discipline.
The PhD research is based on four “parallel experiments” designed to facilitate mutual enrichment and on-going refinement. Each individual experiment generated research articles, which investigate how particular 3D and digital methods can be adapted to diverse kinds of archaeological sites and features,
each with unique characteristics. The articles demonstrate how particular methods can be deployed to constantly refine and improve documentation procedures, and to review and adjust interpretation during the excavation process. In total, the thesis produced five research articles and three new web-based publishing systems.
Overall, the thesis demonstrates that application, proactive evaluation and constant improvement of new 3D visualization and digital analytical tools will play an increasingly significant role in strengthening and better integrating future archaeological methods and practice. The research also generates original insights and new digital platforms that together underline the importance of applying these new digital tools across the wider archaeological discipline. Finally, the thesis cautions that digital innovation needs to be anchored in an "open science" culture, including strong ethical frameworks and commitment to FAIR principles (i.e. Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) of data archiving as a key component of research design and wider societal engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Archaeology
  • Dell'Unto, Nicolo, Supervisor
Award date2023 May 12
Place of PublicationLund
ISBN (Print)978-91-89415-63-8
ISBN (electronic) 978-91-89415-64-5
Publication statusPublished - 2023 May 12

Bibliographical note

Defence details
Date: 2023-05-12
Time: 13:00
Place: LUX C126
External reviewer
Name: Daniel Löwenborg
Title: docent
Affiliation: Uppsala universitet

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Archaeology

Free keywords

  • Archaeology
  • 3D digital methods
  • archaeological report
  • archaeological digital curation
  • digital humanities
  • semantic web
  • online publishing systems
  • FAIR data


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