When Will the Sun Never Set on Archaeology?

Posted on July 6, 2011


I read an article, a while back that I can no longer find, which described businesses that have offices all around the world so that one office could start a problem and when they close, at whatever local time they did, it would be passed on to the next open office around the world, who built and expanded upon the previous work. This would continue till it came back around to the office that started the process either partially or completely solved.

A 24 hour office could probably do the same thing in one location but not many people like to work nights.

I was thinking that would be amazing in archaeology. What if you were on survey and at the end of the day you uploaded to a mainframe the information you gathered e.g. photos, GPS points, maps, etc. Then as you slept a lithics expert took a look at the materials you found and created mini-report, same with a ceramics expert. A GIS person could then run a serious of quick checks on how this fits in spatially to the landscape. By the time you wake up the next morning you would know exactly what you had found and possibly the significance of how it fits into the local, regional, national, or international archaeological record.

Cool, YES. Helpful, maybe? I am not sure how a fast pace response such as this would actually improve the job an archaeologists does. Maybe I am not seeing where or when this would be helpful other then just a cool experience.

If anyone has any ideas please share them.