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The camera "at the Trowel's Edge": Personal video recording in archaeological research

The camera "at the Trowel's Edge": Personal video recording in archaeological research

Davies, Rosamund, Chrysanthi, Angeliki, Berggren, Asa, Earl, Graeme P. and Knibbe, Jarrod (2016) The camera "at the Trowel's Edge": Personal video recording in archaeological research. Journal of Archeological Method and Theory, 23 (1). pp. 238-270. ISSN 1072-5369 (Print), 1573-7764 (Online) (doi:10.1007/s10816-015-9239-x)

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Abstract

Video recording is increasingly becoming a favourable medium in archaeological research, particularly as an unconventional documentation tool that captures the elusive processes of ongoing interpretation in an audiovisual format. Our research forms part of the Personal Architectonics Through INteraction with Artefacts (PATINA) project, a project focused on the design of technologies for supporting research. Archaeological fieldwork is one of the research environments being studied by the project, and one of our primary concerns was to observe and record current research practices in the wild and to examine the influence of new technologies on those practices. This research brings together well-established and advanced observation techniques used in social sciences and computing fields such as human–computer interaction with archaeological research and presents the deployment of an off-the-shelf wearable camcorder as a recording interface in archaeological fieldwork. The article discusses the user evaluation methodology and the results, while addressing long-standing and timely theoretical discussions on the role of video recording in archaeological research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personal video recording (PVR), User evaluation, Fieldwork documentation, Reflexive archaeology, Archeological method
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Creative Professions & Digital Arts
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 08:47
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14700

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