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Preserving Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age

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In late August 2015, international media outlets and cultural institutions reported that the Islamic State beheaded the Syrian scholar Khaled al-Asaad and destroyed the 1st-century CE Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria. The world was horrorstruck. Apart from the human tragedy, archaeologists and the international communities were shocked by the wanton destruction of ancient remains that had survived for millennia. However, warfare and ideological destruction contribute just a fraction of the ongoing devastation of our forebears' traces. This book brings attention to the magnitude of the silent loss of cultural heritage occurring worldwide and the even more insidious loss of knowledge due to the lack of publication and preservation of original data, notes, plans, and photographs of excavated archaeological sites. Highlighting a growing sense of urgency to intervene in whatever way possible, this book provides readers with a non-technical overview of how archaeologists and other stakeholders are increasingly turning to digital methods to mitigate some of the threats to at-risk cultural heritage. This volume is a gateway to enhancing the scale and reach of capturing, analyzing, managing, curating, and disseminating cultural heritage knowledge in sustainable ways and promoting collaboration among scholars and stakeholder communities.

Published: Nov 1, 2021

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Section Chapter Authors
Chapter 1
A Sense of Urgency Nicola Lercari, Willeke Wendrich
Part 1: Data Collection
2. At-Risk Cultural Heritage, Open Communication and Stealth Archaeology Willeke Wendrich
3. Global Heritage, Knowledge Provenance, and Digital Preservation: Defining a Critical Approach Anaïs Guillem, Nicola Lercari
4. Cultural Heritage in Mexico: Documentation as a High Priority Geneviève Lucet
5. From the Field to the CAVE: A Workflow for Collecting, Storing, and Sharing Archaeological Data Brady Liss, Ho Jung Yoo, Ioannis Liritzis, Margie Burton, Thomas Levy
Part 2: Data Analysis
6. A Diversified Approach to At-Risk Earthen Architecture Conservation: Implementing Monitoring and Spatial Analysis at Çatalhöyük Arianna Campiani, Ashley Lingle, Nicola Lercari
7. Ancient Egyptian Coffins in 3D: Digital Analysis, Visualization, and Dissemination Rita Lucarelli, Kea Johnston
8. The Digital Context of At-Risk Textual Archives Adam G. Anderson
Part 3: Data Curation
9. Data as At-Risk Cultural Heritage: The DIG Data Publication Initiative Deidre Brin
10. At-Risk Worldwide: Archaeological and Cultural Heritage Digital Data Francis P. McManamon, Leigh Anne Ellison
Part 4: Data Presentation
11. CollectionSpace at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology: A Strategic Information Platform Christopher R. Hoffman, Benjamin Porter, Michael T. Black
12. CAVEkiosk: Cultural Heritage Visualization and Dissemination Jürgen P. Schulze, Glynn Williams, Connor Smith, Philip P. Weber, Thomas Levy
Part 5: Data Inspiration
13. Collaborative Efforts in Curation and Dissemination of At-Risk Cultural Heritage Data Thomas Levy, Margie Burton