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University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, CA 92093-0013)
Thomas E. Levy
HD-51297-11
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Real-time 3D Archaeological Field Recording: Development of an interoperable open-source GIS data entry system.

The development of a prototype of an open-source field recording tool named ArchField, which will be tested at sites in Jordan and Israel.

This project will develop and test a real-time 3D data recording interface for on-the-field archaeological excavations that will be applicable to different time periods, contexts and recording nomenclature. In 2010, this open-source, OS independent, web-based GIS application called ArchField was developed for excavations in Jordan. It is now imperative to begin the second stage of streamlining the software to make it easily adapted to different archaeological projects. The proposed application is an open GIS that can communicate with different spatially oriented user interfaces (e.g. Google Earth) for visualization and analysis. This system is built by archaeologists for archaeological excavation and digital conservation. Its ability includes association of all field data with 3D coordinates and auto-generation of for daily top plans in real-time. The end goal is to provide an easily available and user-friendly digital archaeological system to facilitate the dissemination online of advanced digital recording and mapping techniques to a broad audience.

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Project fields: Archaeology
Program: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Division: Digital Humanities
Total amount awarded: $50,000
Grant period: 3/1/2011 – 2/29/2012

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