Telling Stories with Archaeological Data

Paradata and the technopolitics of process transparency

Prof. Isto Huvila

Uppsala University, Sweden

05 March 2024, 16.30 GMT

TETRARCHs researchers B. Štular and E. Lozić have published an open access paper on data reuse: Executable Map Paper (EMaP) for Archaeological LiDAR.

Using the EMaP concept, they illustrate how we can make scientific publications on LiDAR more accessible, transparent, and reproducible. 

Dr James Taylor and Dr Catriona Cooper demonstrating digital data capture in the field. Photograph by Dr Colleen Morgan.
Dr James Taylor and Dr Catriona Cooper demonstrating digital data capture in the field. Photograph by Dr Colleen Morgan.

Welcome to Transforming Data Re-use in Archaeology (TETRARCHs)!

  • Are you an archaeologist who cannot easily find or navigate the data from other excavations? 
  • Are you an artist looking for information about the past to create an artwork or exhibition, but don’t know where to start? 
  • Perhaps you’re a teacher wanting to enrich your students’ learning by looking at the way people lived in the past?
  • Maybe you’re a carer keen to help archaeologists plan how they gather information to make it as relevant as possible to those you support?
  • Or are you a policy maker, trying to foster heritage collaborations between specialists and wider publics through legislation?    

These are some of the gaps that TETRARCHs (Transforming Data Reuse in Archaeology), our international research project, aims to address. We want to make archaeological data (from excavations and post-excavation research) accessible to a wide range of people, so that the data can be used and reused for educational, creative and other life-enriching purposes. For this reason, our team will work collaboratively across a range of communities to come up with ways in which we can make data use and reuse easier for cultural heritage storytelling. Our work towards these goals also abides by a set of values that we have collectively agreed upon. Why not check out our latest activities on our activities page?