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Revisiting reflexive archaeology at Çatalhöyük: integrating digital and 3D technologies at the trowel's edge

  • Åsa Berggren (a1), Nicolo Dell’Unto (a1), Maurizio Forte (a2), Scott Haddow (a3), Ian Hodder (a4), Justine Issavi (a4), Nicola Lercari (a5), Camilla Mazzucato (a3), Allison Mickel (a4) and James S. Taylor (a6)...

Excavations at Çatalhöyük have been ongoing for over 20 years and have involved multi-national teams, a diverse range of archaeological specialists and a vast archive of records. The task of marshalling this data so that it can be useful not only at the post-excavation stage, but also while making decisions in the field, is challenging. Here, members of the team reflect on the use of digital technology on-site to promote a reflexive engagement with the archaeology. They explore how digital data in a fieldwork context can break down communication barriers between specialists, foster an inclusive approach to the excavation process and facilitate reflexive engagement with recording and interpretation.

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