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Challenging Digital Archaeology

Jeremy Huggett
From the journal Open Archaeology

Abstract

A keynote presentation at the 2012 Computer Applications in Archaeology (CAA) conference in Southampton (UK) proposed the use of grand challenges as a vehicle for identifying and pursuing major advances in Digital Archaeology. At the same time, it was argued that this should be a collaborative venture. This was taken forward at a round table session at the 2014 CAA in Paris, and a number of papers in this volume were presented there. This paper introduces the concept of grand challenges for Digital Archaeology and seeks to define their key characteristics.

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Received: 2014-12-12
Accepted: 2015-1-30
Published Online: 2015-3-3

© 2015 Jeremy Huggett

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