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Beyond the dig: New book edited by Creighton professor, indicates archaeology’s growing role in digital world

Erin AverettArchaeologists are trading in picks and trowels for laptops and drones. In Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future: The Potential of Digital Archaeology, Creighton archaeology professor, Erin Averett, PhD, joins Jody Michael Gordon (Wentworth Institute of Technology), and Derek B. Counts (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) to bring together 17 papers authored by creative thinkers on technology and archaeological field practice. The volume is a testimonial for archaeology’s rapid and dramatic changes in the modern world.

Averett Book“This book captures a vital and critical moment in our discipline as it moves from paper-based recording methods to new digital methods, which are just beginning to impact our understanding of the past,” Averett said. “The assembled papers not only provide an up-to-date assessment of 'digital archaeology,' but also offer countless insights into where it’s heading.”

The book emerged from papers and conversations during a 2015 digital archeology workshop, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, for which Averett was a co-principal investor. Today drones are used in the Andes, iPads in Pompeii and digital workflows in the American Southwest, among other technologies, to provide new solutions for field archaeologists.

In addition to co-editing, Averett has two contributions in the book. In one chapter, she focuses on using digital technology in Cyprus, where she serves as the assistant director of the Athienou Archaeological Project on Cyprus. She has taught at Creighton since 2008, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

A free full digital version of the book is available from the publisher, the Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. A print version of the book is available for purchase on Amazon.

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