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Tuesday, March 14 • 4:00pm - 5:40pm
The Technology Lag: A Panel Discussion Regarding the use of the Computing Technologies Toolkit For Cultural Resource Compliance Projects

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The use of digital, computer aided technologies, such as 3D scanning, printing, and virtual modeling, as well as digital geospatial and geostatistical analysis is nothing new to archaeological research. However, while these technologies see an abundance of use and research in the academic community (as evidenced at this conference), the professional, CRM, community seems to exhibit a reluctance to embrace them. It is only very recently in the US that we have seen many States moving to GIS based site management practices, and digital record keeping, allowing consultants online access to site records and reports, thus creating tremendous time and cost savings over the rather more labor intensive practice of travelling to a State archive and scanning through physical paper copy records. The same cannot be said, however, for the use of 3D site documentation and analysis, and other forms of digital data capture and site preservation, even though these have proven to be tremendously useful additions to the archaeologist’s toolkit. The technologies that allow this type of work to take place are becoming less and less costly, and more and more accessible – in many ways thanks to the research conducted by the CAA and other similar communities. As such, this panel discussion looks at the types of permitting requirements States and other regulatory agencies are putting forth in order to answer the question of whether this seemingly slow uptake is real or imagined. If there truly is a reluctance to embrace the “technological toolkit,” then discussion aims to reason why this reluctance exists (ie. Is the technology not trusted? Are the deliverable products too inaccessible or not easily managed? etc.), and what may be done to help ensure that the valuable insights and innovations born in the academic community become integrated and integral tools for the professional/consulting community as well.

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Brian Seymour

Archaeologist/GIS Specialist, Michael Baker International

Tuesday March 14, 2017 4:00pm - 5:40pm EDT
SCE 216 Student Center East