The call for contributions to a special JCAA issue on Digital Scholarship in archaeology is now open!
This prospective JCAA special issue aims to facilitate discussion on the theoretical and philosophical aspects of digital scholarship in archaeology as well as the implications of the use of digital technologies and computational methods across the extent of the archaeological knowledge chain: from discovery, through observation, explanation, and dissemination. How are research, synthesis, practice, and teaching within archaeology mediated and transformed by digital approaches?
Deadlines: June 15th (abstracts), December 31st (full papers)
More info here.
Posted on 18 Apr 2018
Rebecca Cannell is the author of the first article published in JCAA - Delineating an Unmarked Graveyard by High-Resolution GPR and pXRF Prospection: The Medieval Church Site of Furulund in Norway
She spoke to the editors about her research, digital archaeology, and the experience of publishing open access with JCAA.
Myself, I am a Post-doc at the University of Oslo, in the department of Archaeology, Conservation and History. My co-authors, Lars Gustavsen, Monica Kristiansen and Erich Nau, are at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), and form part of a specialised team using GPR in research and commercial archaeology. Between them they have greatly expanded the acceptance and potential of using geophysics in Norway, and it was NIKU that instigated the project described in the paper.
My current research concerns burial mound construction in the Viking Age from a geoarchaeological and theoretical perspective, and it is part of a larger research project, the Past in the Past at the department. I am unabashed in saying I am fascinated by the potential of studying soils in archaeology as an archive for past human activity on every scale. It is the medium of most archaeology, and there is huge potential to be unlocked.
Am I a digital archaeologist? I hope all of us are to one degree or another. Technology is radically changing archaeology, from the excavation to the museum, and from the laboratory to the classroom. It is such an exciting and challenging time, with the scales we can feasibly work on ever-growing. Handling the large datasets I need would be impossible without geospatial statistics, and working with cores requires working in 3 dimensions; near impossible without digital technology. I and my co-authors have attended CAA conferences in one guise or another for years, and I recently became a part of the CAA Norway steering group.
It is a case study of a poor, rural medieval church site in Norway, which needed locating and recording by non-intrusive methods. The paper combines GPR and geochemical data to record the spatial use of the site and its current state of preservation in order to provide essential data for mitigation strategies.
The site is what you may call an everyday reality. It is commonplace occurrence in archaeology in that there are many sites here in Norway and further afield that are poorly documented and at risk, where efficient, non-intrusively strategies are needed to understand how the site was used in the past. It is also evidencing a part of the past population that is often side-lined or difficult to trace; the everyday rural poor, who as a group of people probably outnumbered any other demographic. In collaboration, we used the skills, technology, and experience we had at hand and applied it to this site. It is essential that the methods we develop are realistic and functional, and we hope that this has shown that combining non-intrusive methods can be effective in the commercial and research arenas.
There were two reasons for choosing the JCAA. Firstly, we have full confidence in the editorial team’s ability to sculpt a far-reaching but relevant journal in the field of digital archaeology; a journal that unifies many sub-disciplines in archaeology. Secondly, there are few journals where archaeological prospection has a natural home, and therefore we wanted to support this new journal in its creation of a new, quality publishing channel for this and other areas of research.
It was such a positive experience not having to beg, steal and borrow from funding pots to be able to publish open access. Knowledge belongs to all, and if only a few can access our work, then our research into the human past becomes something for ourselves alone. We all work in archaeology because we are curious and seek to know more, but to me, we also do this so others can benefit and enjoy knowing more about our shared pasts. Research funds often come from the public purse, so the public should have access to it. Open Access, and Open Science, is a much needed redress against the prevailing closed system of publication, which dominated by a few publishing companies. It will take time, but at least it is the right direction.
So smooth! It was friendly but professional, and quick.
I have no hesitation in encouraging potential authors to support this much needed journal.
Be inclusive in terms of subject matter. All of our sub-disciplines and expertise in archaeology are inter-linked, and the increasing narrow niches of publication create barriers that hinder creative thinking and collaboration.
Posted on 20 Mar 2018
The JCAA now invites high quality papers on all the aspects of digital archaeology, including, – but not restricted to – databases and semantic web, statistics and data mining, 3D modelling, GIS, spatial analysis, remote sensing and geophysics, other field recording techniques, simulation modelling, network analysis and digital reconstructions of the past for consideration for publication in the Journal. Papers can be targeted towards scientific research, cultural heritage management and/or public archaeology.
Posted on 31 May 2017
The Journal of Computer Applications in Archaeology will be accepting submissions soon.
JCAA will aim to encourage communication between archaeology and informatics, in a variety of applications, to provide a survey of present work in the field and to stimulate discussion.
Posted on 15 Mar 2017