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Digital Archaeological Fieldwork and the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Israel

Adam B. Prins, Matthew J. Adams, Robert S. Homsher and Michael Ashley
Near Eastern Archaeology
Vol. 77, No. 3, Special Issue: Cyber-Archaeology (September 2014), pp. 192-197
DOI: 10.5615/neareastarch.77.3.0192
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Digital Archaeological Fieldwork and the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, Israel
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The application of digital technologies to enhance archaeological documentation has long been a priority of researchers around the world. However, progress on this front has been generally restricted to only a few categories of technology (e.g. total stations, simple databases, etc.) due to the costs involved in deploying new technology and the need for highly trained specialists to implement them. Fortunately, the last few years have seen a significant increase in the accessibility of cutting edge techniques and technology. Since its inception in 2010, the Jezreel Valley Regional Project (JVRP) has sought to develop innovative digital archaeological technologies that on one hand are cost-effective and on the other are scalable to the site-level and regional-level research the project is engaged in. In order to effectively address the JVRP's research goals, the project has developed workflows for new and existing technologies such as three-dimensional modeling, X-ray fluorescence, reflectance transformation imaging, unmanned aerial vehicles, and archaeological databases. The workflows are field-deployable and use affordable software and hardware. Considered collectively, these methodologies have allowed the JVRP to efficiently produce accurate, timely, and publishable archaeological data that is immediately accessible for collaboration by outside researchers and the public.

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