The apparatus of digital archaeology

Huggett, J. (2017) The apparatus of digital archaeology. Internet Archaeology, 44, (doi:10.11141/ia.44.7)

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Abstract

Digital Archaeology is predicated upon an ever-changing set of apparatuses – technological, methodological, software, hardware, material, immaterial – which in their own ways and to varying degrees shape the nature of Digital Archaeology. Our attention, however, is perhaps inevitably more closely focussed on research questions, choice of data, and the kinds of analyses and outputs. In the process we tend to overlook the effects the tools themselves have on the archaeology we do beyond the immediate consequences of the digital. This paper introduces cognitive artefacts as a means of addressing the apparatus more directly within the context of the developing archaeological digital ecosystem. It argues that a critical appreciation of our computational cognitive artefacts is key to understanding their effects on both our own cognition and on the creation of archaeological knowledge. In the process, it defines a form of cognitive digital archaeology in terms of four distinct methods for extracting cognition from the digital apparatus layer by layer.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Huggett, Dr Jeremy
Authors: Huggett, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Archaeology
Journal Name:Internet Archaeology
Publisher:Council for British Archaeology
ISSN:1363-5387
ISSN (Online):1363-5387
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Author
First Published:First published in Internet Archaeology 44.
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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