An Archaeological Intrepretation of the Aerial Photographs of Grassington, north Yorkshire.
The above animation shows how to take a map and aerial photos and geolocate the drawn archaeology onto an OS map. The picture below is the final overlay a bit larger.
This tends to be done within the confines of a computerlab by professionals for academics or commercial organisations. Following ‘A Digital Humanities Manifesto‘ it is suggested the process of archaeological interpretation should be made more freely available (item 5). Thus, the Flash animation above, is designed to help others without expertise to understand the process and therefore have more of an opportunity to engage with it. Hopefully people will enjoy it (item 11 and 16) and want to help generate a more lively discussion and therefore a more democratic engagement with the past (item 10; see also Chadwick 1998; Hodder 1997 ).
As always comments are more than welcome.
Chadwick, A.M., 1998: Archaeology at the edge of chaos. Further towards reflexive excavation methodologies, assemblage 3. Available at http://www.shef.ac.uk/∼assem/3/3chad.htm (accessed 12.01.09).
Hodder, I., 1997: ‘Always momentary, fluid and flexible’: towards a reflexive excavation methodology. Antiquity 71, 691–700.
UCLA Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities. 2007. A Digital Humanities Manifesto. Available at http://dev.cdh.ucla.edu/digitalhumanities/2008/12/15/digital-humanities-manifesto/ (accessed 14.01.09)