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Archaeological practices and knowledge work in the digital environment @ EAA 2017

30th August 2017 - 2nd September 2017

Archaeological practices and knowledge work in the digital environment

at EAA 2017 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (August 30th – September 2nd, 2017), Maastricht, the Netherlands. Thursday, August 31 at 14:00 – 18:15

The last ten years saw significant growth in the use of digital methods and tools in archaeological work. However, a systematic, comprehensive account of how digital information, tools and infrastructures are actually used by archaeologists and other users and producers of archaeological information is missing. Both archaeologists, and researchers in other fields from museum studies to ethnology, information studies and science and technology studies, have conducted research on the topic, but so far the efforts have tended to be fragmented, at times anecdotal, and failing to address the complexity and range of contemporary archaeological practices in the digital environment. This is striking, as better understanding of archaeological practices and knowledge work has been identified already for a decade ago as a major precondition in order to realise the potential of infrastructural and tools-related development in archaeology.

The session brings together researchers and research projects studying archaeological practices, knowledge production and use, social impact and industrial potential of archaeological knowledge. It aims to present and highlight the ongoing work on the topic around Europe, spanning diverse contexts from archaeological fieldwork and collections-based research and stewardship of archaeological data to scholarship, and archaeological practices involving local knowledge and global communities. Beyond the current work in this network, this session invites contributions from all researchers conducting theoretical and empirical research on archaeological work, knowledge production and use in archaeology and other relevant disciplines.

The session is organised by the COST Action “Archaeological practices and knowledge work in the digital environment” (http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/ca/CA15201).

Organisers: Isto Huvila (Uppsala University, Sweden), Costis Dallas (University of Toronto, Canada), Rimvydas Laužikas (University of Vilnius, Lithuania)


  1. Reports are easy, data is di icult Prof. Huvila, Isto – Uppsala University (Presenting author)
  2. Conceptual mapping of heterogeneous datasets: CIDOC-CRM and the complexity of archaeo-historical concepts Mr. Palsson, Gisli – Umea University (Presenting author)
  3. On the borders of archaeology knowledge Laužikas, Rimvydas – Vilnius University Faculty of Communication (Presenting author)
  4. Fostering Synthesis in Archaeology Dr Altschul, Je – Statistical Research, Inc./SRI Foundation (Presenting author); Dr Kintigh, Keith – Arizona State University
  5. Archaeological interactions between objects, amateurs and professionals on Facebook: a meta-analysis and conceptual framework Prof. Dallas, Costis – Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; Digital Curation Unit, IMIS – Athena Research Centre (Presenting author); Ms Kelpšienė, Ingrida – Faculty of Communication, Vilnius University
  6. Shoring fragments against our ruins: excavation and interdisciplinary research during the extension of the Metropolitan Railway to Piraeus, Greece Mr Peppas, Georgios – Ephorate Of Antiquities of West Attika Piraeus and the Islands/Greek Ministry Of Culture and Sports (Presenting author)
  7. Terra Mosana: a crossborder identity newly explained. Drs Wetzels, Eric – Municipality of Maastricht (Presenting author)
  8. Big Data in archaeology: Archaeological Seshat and beyond Filipowicz, Patrycja – Adam Mick- iewicz University (Presenting author); Krueger, Marta – Adam Mickiewicz University; Prof. Marciniak, Arkadiusz – Adam Mickiewicz University
  9. Digital documentation practices on grave excavations – different methods and their use Lehto, Heli – Muuritutkimus Ky; University of Helsinki (Presenting author); Helamaa, Maija – Muuritutkimus Ky; Uotila, Kari – Muuritutkimus Ky; University of Helsinki
  10.  A bridge between landscapes and methodological approaches. The Roman bridge of Colonia Iulia Turris Libisonis, Porto Torres, Sardinia, Italy. Research fellow petruzzi, enrico – Università di Sassari (Presenting author)
  11. E-RIHS: Developing an integrated research infrastructure for heritage and archaeological science Ms Teehan, Mary – The Discovery Programme (Presenting author); Mr Corns, Anthony – The Discovery Programme; Dr Monaghan, Evie – The Discovery Programme


30th August 2017
2nd September 2017
Event Category:


European Association of Archaeologists


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