Capturing the silences in digital archaeological knowledge

Huggett, J. (2020) Capturing the silences in digital archaeological knowledge. Information, 11(5), 278. (doi: 10.3390/info11050278)

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Abstract

The availability and accessibility of digital data are increasingly significant in the creation of archaeological knowledge with, for example, multiple datasets being brought together to perform extensive analyses that would not otherwise be possible. However, this makes capturing the silences in those data—what is absent as well as present, what is unknown as well as what is known—a critical challenge for archaeology in terms of the suitability and appropriateness of data for subsequent reuse. This paper reverses the usual focus on knowledge and considers the role of ignorance—the lack of knowledge, or nonknowledge—in archaeological data and knowledge creation. Examining aspects of archaeological practice in the light of different dimensions of ignorance, it proposes ways in which the silences, the range of unknowns, can be addressed within a digital environment and the benefits which may accrue.

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:Information
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:2078-2489
ISSN (Online):2078-2489
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Author
First Published:First published in Information 11(5):278
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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