Using Computers in Archaeology
Towards Virtual Pasts
By Gary Lock
Routledge – 2003 – 316 pages
Today, archaeologists are spending more and more time examining the past with the aid of computers. How does this increased dependence on technology affect the theory and practice of archaeology?
Using Computers in Archaeology is a comprehensive review of computer applications in archaeology from the archaeologist's perspective. The book deals with all aspects of the discipline, from survey and excavation, to museums and education. Discussion covers the theoretical aspects of computer applications, with particular reference to GIS and the analysis of data, but technical jargon is kept to a minimum.
With numerous illustrations, case-studies and examples, Using Computers in Archaeology is a timely introduction to this increasingly important area of archaeology, catering both for the student and the experienced archaeologist.
'The book is excellently illustrated [and] well referenced … The volume is essential reading for any practitioner or student involved with archaeological computing, and will – quite rightly – instantly become required reading on many an undergraduate and postgraduate course.' - Antiquity
Gary Lock is University Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Oxford and is the editor of Archaeology and Geographic Information Systems: A European Perspective, with Zoran Stancic.