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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Publication details for Professor Claire Warwick

Fisher, C., Warwick, C. & Terras, M. (2008), Digital archaeology: excavating user needs for archaeological systems, World Archaeological Congress (WAC) World Archaeological Congress 6 (WAC-6), Dublin, Ireland, 29th June - 4th July 2008. Dublin, Ireland, University College Dublin.

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The VERA project (Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology) is investigating how innovative computational technology can be used by archaeologists undertaking research on the Roman site of Silchester.

Digital field recording and virtual research environments are increasingly vaunted as the future of archaeological practice. Vast amounts of data, multi-disciplinary collaboration, funding competition and publication pressures all drive the demand for digital technology and born digital data.

However, entrenched working practices mean that advances in digital technology are often met with resistance when introduced to the archaeological community. Whilst commercial pressures may drive uptake in commercial environments, digital technologies may take longer to gain credence in academic research environments.

This paper explores how user case studies, analysis and feedback are being used by VERA to develop recording systems and virtual research environments that fit into the current work flow of archaeologists and associated specialists.

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