Special Issue "Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage"

A special issue of Heritage (ISSN 2571-9408). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Heritage".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Andrea D'Andrea
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Interdepartmental Centre for Archaeology, University of Naples "L'Orientale", 80139 Napoli, Italy
Interests: GIS; digital archaeology; standard; 3D survey; spatial modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To guarantee homogeneity in data acquisition, archaeologists have spent most of their energies and efforts in the organization and optimization of the data collection procedures and at the same time in the creation of vocabularies and controlled word-lists. Thanks to the latest advancements in Information Technology, it is already possible to confront the problems regarding data integration in a new way based on the assumption that it is no longer necessary to force researchers to sacrifice their point of view and their approach. In the near future it will be possible to overcome this present fragmentation, ensuring at the same time a high level of data compatibility and sharing without modifying the data-model chosen by the archaeologist.

The goal of this Special Issue aims at understanding how archaeologists are dealing with an increasing number of new digital resources which have to be easily managed, shared and preserved. Is this approach changing the traditional methods to data-acquisition? Is the wide diffusion of digital technology modifying the theory of the archaeological research?

Dr. Andrea D'Andrea
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Digital Archaeology
  • Standardization and Metadata
  • Repositories
  • E-infrastructures
  • Long term-preservation
  • Digital Curation
  • Big-Data

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Is Architecture Connected with Intangible Cultural Heritage? Reflections from Architectural Digital Documentation and Interactive Application Design in Three Aegean Islands
Heritage 2021, 4(2), 664-689; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage4020038 - 21 Apr 2021
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The research project “Mouseion Topos” (in English: “Museums Place”), focusing on traditional local settlements situated at three Aegean islands, aims to contribute to the promotion of their physiognomy and intangible cultural heritage by connecting regional museums with each settlement. The present article, part [...] Read more.
The research project “Mouseion Topos” (in English: “Museums Place”), focusing on traditional local settlements situated at three Aegean islands, aims to contribute to the promotion of their physiognomy and intangible cultural heritage by connecting regional museums with each settlement. The present article, part of the project’s initial phase, via the application of the HERMeS methodology (version 1 and 2) and the development of the associate digital documentation tools, identifies and records the architectural and urban elements influenced by each settlement’s intangible cultural heritage as listed by UNESCO and presented by their corresponding museums. The research findings revealed connections between the museums’ content and the documented tangible heritage based on the formulated conceptual and heatmaps, which can be used at the early design stages of the current project’s interactive applications, especially in mobile tours. Finally, the research findings verify that despite the limitations and issues for further research, the introduced HERMeS methodology and digital tools are reliable and contribute to the respective field’s theory. The paper also provides beneficial deliberation on digital architectural heritage documentation methods and interactive technologies, highlighting points and areas of interest that the tourist industry, technology designers, museum curators, and architects can employ. Full article
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Correlation of Environmental Parameters and the Water Saturation Induced Deterioration of Earthen Archaeological Sites: The Case of World Heritage Liangzhu City, China
Heritage 2021, 4(1), 387-400; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/heritage4010024 - 19 Feb 2021
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This paper proposes a combined methodology for the quantitative analysis of the correlations between the monitored influencing environmental factors and the water saturation induced deterioration of earthen relics in a humid area. The Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City that have been exposed and [...] Read more.
This paper proposes a combined methodology for the quantitative analysis of the correlations between the monitored influencing environmental factors and the water saturation induced deterioration of earthen relics in a humid area. The Archaeological Ruins of Liangzhu City that have been exposed and severely damaged in a humid environment with high water content and dry–wet cycles are chosen as examples. A monitoring system including atmospheric, groundwater, soil moisture conditions, and images of the surface was installed. Based on the proposed methodology, 11 key influencing indexes involving groundwater, soil moisture and temperature at different depths, atmospheric radiation, and rainfall for the water saturation induced deterioration are investigated, and their correlation is described by a regression model. The weight rankings of influencing factors to the deterioration of the research area are calculated. The results can help quantitatively control the atmospheric environment where the earthen relics are located and can promote the conservation of the archaeological ruins in the humid environment. Full article
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