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Challenging Digital Archaeology

Jeremy Huggett
  • Archaeology, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK
Published Online: 2015-03-03 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2015-0003


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.

Keywords: digital archaeology; grand challenge


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Received: 2014-12-12

Accepted: 2015-01-30

Published Online: 2015-03-03

Citation Information: Open Archaeology. Volume 1, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2300-6560, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opar-2015-0003, March 2015

© 2015 Jeremy Huggett. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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