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1st Edition

Archaeology and Archaeological Information in the Digital Society

Edited By

Isto Huvila

ISBN 9780367590536
Published August 14, 2020 by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Archaeology and Archaeological Information in the Digital Society shows how the digitization of archaeological information, tools and workflows, and their interplay with both old and new non-digital practices throughout the archaeological information process, affect the outcomes of archaeological work, and in the end, our general understanding of the human past.

Whereas most of the literature related to archaeological information work has been based on practical and theoretical considerations within specific areas of archaeology, this innovative volume combines and integrates intra- and extra-disciplinary perspectives to archaeological work, looking at archaeology from both the inside and outside.

With fields studies from museums and society, and pioneering new academic research, Archaeology and Archaeological Information in the Digital Society will interest archaeologists across the board.

Table of Contents


Isto Huvila

Digital archaeological data for future knowledge-making
Lisa Börjesson and Isto Huvila

Knowledge Production with Data from Archaeological Excavations
Daniel Löwenborg

3D Models and Knowledge Production
Nicolò dell’Unto

From storing to storytelling – archaeological museums and digitisation
Bodil Petersson (text), in collaboration with Carolina Larsson (illustrations and technical explanations)

On the potentials and limitations of digital mediation of archaeological information
Per Stenborg

Ecology of archaeological information work
Isto Huvila

Archaeological information work and the digital turn
Isto Huvila, Lisa Börjesson, Nicolò Dell’Unto, Daniel Löwenborg, Bodil Petersson and Per Stenborg

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Isto Huvila holds the chair in information studies at the Department of ALM (Archival Studies, Library and Information Science and Museums and Cultural Heritage Studies) at Uppsala University, Sweden and is adjunct professor (docent) in information management at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. His research focuses on information and knowledge management, organisation and documentation, and social and participatory information practices. He has published broadly on these topics as well as social media, ancient history and archaeology. He received a MA degree in cultural history at the University of Turku in 2002 and a PhD degree in information studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland in 2006.


"Any contribution with the word “digital” runs the risk of going quickly out-of-date because it is too focused on the use of specific tools or apps. That is not the case for this volume, which promises lasting value because it explores how digital approaches (regardless of the actual tool used) impact how we perceive the past and our roles in preservation and communication of archaeological content." - Sarah Whitcher Kansa and Eric Kansa, JOURNAL OF EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN ARCHAEOLOGY AND HERITAGE STUDIES