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‘This does not compute’: the All-American Pipeline Project revisited

  • Neal W. Ackerly (a1)

In 1989, ANTIQUITY published the ambitions and methods of a remarkable project to automate and computerize the recording and analysis of artefacts from a very large salvage program in the western United States. Here is a follow-up that explains why the methods did not realize the ambitions, and questions whether those ambitions were well chosen.

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Ackerly N.W. In press. On computers in archaeology: lessons from the All-American Pipeline Project, in Ross S. (ed.), Electronic information in archaeology: opportunities and obstacles. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
Plog F. & Carlson D.L. 1989. Computer applications for the All American Pipeline Project, Antiquity 63: 258–67.
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