It’s the time of the semester, where resting on my laurels feels far more rewarding than making any kind of discernible progress on any number of projects that I currently have going. So in the spirit of laurel resting, I thought I would indulge in a little advertisement for myself.
Thing the First
Jennie Ebeling and I wrote a little Op-Ed for Near Eastern Archaeology titled “The Case for Digital Site Reports.” It doesn’t say anything that is particularly new or unexpected, for readers of this blog, but it puts out there the very basic observation that digital publishing of site reports is an overdue step toward producing more dynamic forms of archaeological documentation as well as an ethical response to the need to disseminate the results of archaeological work widely (especially among communities where Near Eastern archaeologists tend to work). Regrettably, the op-ed is behind a subscription pay wall, which is sufficiently ironic that I couldn’t possible provide a digital copy here.
Thing the Second
I’m really excited to promote the work of Kevin Garstki who has just released an edited book titled Critical Archaeology in the Digital Age with UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press. It’s open access, of course, and developed out of IEMA Conference held at the University of Buffalo in 2019. Kevin, as readers of this blog know, co-authored Visualizing Votive Practice which I published a few years ago via The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. More than that, he’s one of the leading voices in digital archaeology in the world right now.
The book brings together a stunning, all-star cast of scholars to explore some of the latest developments in digital archaeology. Instead of being technology heavy, however, the book focuses on how technological change how we think about archaeological experiences, methods, and knowledge making strategies and practices. In other words, most of the contributors to this volume look to how digital archaeology has contributed to the production of a more critical approach to archaeology more broadly.
I’m honored to have been included in the conference and in the volume. You can read my contribution here, but honestly, I’d suggest the you just download the book and read everything in it. My paper is the first time I’ve put into words what I’m trying to do with the Digital Press at the University of North Dakota and locates the entire project at the blurry boundaries of research and service to the discipline.
Here’s the cover: