University of Southampton OCS (beta), CAA 2012

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Handling Notes and Sketches. Management of Different Levels of Archaeological Resolution.
Stefano Rossi, Chiara Panelli, Roberto Maggi

Last modified: 2012-01-12


The resumption of excavations at archaeological sites that have a long history of research represents a case in point to observe strengths and limitations in the application of technologies for high-resolution recording and managing archaeological data.
The most common situation is, in fact, building information systems in which co-exist different levels of spatial precision and resolution that often force to face problems of correlation and analysis.
This is especially true in the case of studies that began in the nineteenth century or that were conducted without attention to the aspects of the archaeological record.
In addition, the construction of information systems is often conducted without an adequate theoretical prior and in the absence of a proper analysis of available data and their specific nature.
The application of GIS and computer methods of documentation and analysis are, in this case, a resource or a methodological exercise?
It makes sense to design systems to manage excavation data collected at different resolutions and with different methodologies?


multiprecision, data resolution, time and evolution of archaeological methods, sites with long history of research