Technology and Archaeology in the Holy Land

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Thomas Levy, the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at the University of California (San Diego), gives a TEDTalk about the convergence of technology and archaeology in the Holy Land. In particular, he explains about “cyber-archaeology”: using the latest tech for visualization, data collection and management, and site analysis. New techniques are pumping out vast amounts of data, and Levy talks about the fascinating way they’re wrestling that data into usable forms.

The great thing about this application of tech (particularly visualization) to archaeology is that it renders  archaeological data into forms that can be comprehended by the general public. Due to hyper-specialization (a problem for most academic disciplines), scholars often create information of use to only a small handful of other scholars. This has its role, of course (I both read and write academic pieces in my area of study: theology), but unless the fruits of that research is made accessible to the public, it’s a pointless exercise conducted by an elite group for their own amusement.

Check out Levy’s work at The Digital Archaeological Atlas of the Holy Land.

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