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The data deluge

Bevan, AH; (2015) The data deluge. Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology , 89 (345) pp. 1473-1484. 10.15184/aqy.2015.102. Green open access

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Abstract

Archaeology has wandered into exciting but daunting territory. It faces floods of new evidence about the human past that are largely digital, frequently spatial, increasingly open and often remotely sensed. The resulting terrain is littered, both with data that are wholly new and data that were long known about but previously considered junk. This paper offers an overview of this diluvian information landscape and aims to foster debate about its wider disciplinary impact. In particular, I would argue that its consequences: a) go well beyond the raw challenges of digital data archiving or manipulation and should reconfigure our analytical agendas; b) can legitimately be read for both utopian and dystopian disciplinary futures; and c) re-expose some enduring tensions between archaeological empiricism, comparison and theory-building.

Type: Article
Title: The data deluge
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.102
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2015.102
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2015.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473833
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